No injuries, no fugitives from police van crash

ICY ROAD MISHAP: This police van with seven people on board slid off State Highway 2 in the Wharerata hills this morning and crashed into the bushes after striking a patch of ice on the road. There were no injuries. Picture by Paul Rickard

A police van with two staff and five prisoners on board left State Highway 2 in icy conditions in the Wharerata hills this morning but no one was injured.

Police, Fire and Emergency NZ and St John Ambulance were called out at 6.40am.

“The van slid off the road and into the bushes alongside the highway.

“It remained on its wheels,” a police spokesman said.

The van was travelling south to Hawke’s Bay when the mishap occurred.

The police staff, four male prisoners and a female prisoner were checked out at the scene by ambulance staff.

“None of them were injured,” the spokesman said.

The prisoners were transported back to Gisborne in another van.

Police have issued a warning to motorists about the icy conditions in the Whareratas.

“The responding emergency vehicles this morning also encountered very icy conditons on the Wharerata road,” police said.

In another icy road-affected incident, a freight truck went off the road near Otoki Orchard on State Highway 2 at Whakaki.

That incident happened at about 6.35am.

The truck ended up in a roadside drain but stayed on its wheels.

The driver was not injured.

A police van with two staff and five prisoners on board left State Highway 2 in icy conditions in the Wharerata hills this morning but no one was injured.

Police, Fire and Emergency NZ and St John Ambulance were called out at 6.40am.

“The van slid off the road and into the bushes alongside the highway.

“It remained on its wheels,” a police spokesman said.

The van was travelling south to Hawke’s Bay when the mishap occurred.

The police staff, four male prisoners and a female prisoner were checked out at the scene by ambulance staff.

“None of them were injured,” the spokesman said.

The prisoners were transported back to Gisborne in another van.

Police have issued a warning to motorists about the icy conditions in the Whareratas.

“The responding emergency vehicles this morning also encountered very icy conditons on the Wharerata road,” police said.

In another icy road-affected incident, a freight truck went off the road near Otoki Orchard on State Highway 2 at Whakaki.

That incident happened at about 6.35am.

The truck ended up in a roadside drain but stayed on its wheels.

The driver was not injured.

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