Nose-to-tail impact sends vehicles into ditch, house

CRASH SCENE: Three men were treated in Gisborne Hospital yesterday afternoon after a nose-to-tail crash in Wainui Road that sent a van crashing into the side of a house, and (pictured) a car into the roadside drain. Picture by Paul Rickard

Three men were taken to Gisborne Hospital yesterday afternoon after a nose-to-tail crash in Wainui Road just west of Worsley Street and one of the vehicles went on to smash into a nearby house.

An elderly man was inside the house at the time.

The emergency services were called to the crash scene at about 2.45pm.

“Two of the men suffered minor injuries and the third was minor to moderate,” a St John ambulance spokesman said.

The crash involved a car and a van.

“The van was shunted off the highway by the impact and into the side wall of a nearby house,” a senior firefighter who attended said.

“It broke through a wall of the lounge room area of the house.

“The elderly gentleman living there was home at the time, and he told us he got a heck of fright.”

The senior firefighter said the house suffered substantial damage.

A hospital spokeswoman said this morning the three injured men, aged 62, 29 and 26, were treated in the emergency department and discharged.

  • Manutuke firefighters were called out yesterday afternoon at about 1.50pm to put out a fire in a truck at Manutuke. The Gisborne fire service also responded but they were recalled after the Manutuke crew reported they had the fire under control.

Three men were taken to Gisborne Hospital yesterday afternoon after a nose-to-tail crash in Wainui Road just west of Worsley Street and one of the vehicles went on to smash into a nearby house.

An elderly man was inside the house at the time.

The emergency services were called to the crash scene at about 2.45pm.

“Two of the men suffered minor injuries and the third was minor to moderate,” a St John ambulance spokesman said.

The crash involved a car and a van.

“The van was shunted off the highway by the impact and into the side wall of a nearby house,” a senior firefighter who attended said.

“It broke through a wall of the lounge room area of the house.

“The elderly gentleman living there was home at the time, and he told us he got a heck of fright.”

The senior firefighter said the house suffered substantial damage.

A hospital spokeswoman said this morning the three injured men, aged 62, 29 and 26, were treated in the emergency department and discharged.

  • Manutuke firefighters were called out yesterday afternoon at about 1.50pm to put out a fire in a truck at Manutuke. The Gisborne fire service also responded but they were recalled after the Manutuke crew reported they had the fire under control.
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