Freak crash

Auckland City Harbour News - - Front Page -

Two peo­ple were lucky to es­cape with only mi­nor in­juries af­ter a crash on Pon­sonby Rd on Mon­day.

A car was shunted up on to the foot­path out­side the West­pac Bank af­ter be­ing hit from be­hind by an­other ve­hi­cle.

Af­ter hit­ting a power plinth, the car caught fire and caused a power out­age to the neigh­bour­ing Pon­sonby fire sta­tion.

Se­nior sta­tion of­fi­cer Sulu Devoe says of­fi­cers were de­layed in get­ting to the blaze be­cause they had to man­u­ally open the sta­tion door.

Elec­tri­cal arc­ing meant fire of­fi­cers had to use dry pow­der to put out the car fire and wa­ter to pro­tect the build­ing.

Mr Devoe says a pedes­trian was briefly caught be­tween the car and the side of the build­ing but man­aged to free her­self.

“She was fairly close to be­ing se­ri­ously in­jured had she not been able to free her­self,” he says.

The driver of the car was taken to Auck­land Hospi­tal with only mi­nor in­juries.

Mr Devoe says both peo­ple in­volved were lucky not to be more se­ri­ously in­jured.

Avon­dale po­lice se­nior sergeant Ross Endi­cot­tDavies says po­lice records of the in­ci­dent show the pedes­trian was not ac­tu­ally hit by the car and any in­juries were mi­nor.

No sta­tus was avail­able on the driver of the car.

It is the sec­ond freak ac­ci­dent on the pop­u­lar shop­ping and cafe strip in the last two months.

Lynnette Kil­martin was hit by a speed­ing mo­torist in Novem­ber as she got out of a taxi.

The ac­ci­dent, in which the driver didn’t stop, left Ms Kil­martin close to death. The driver of the ve­hi­cle has pleaded guilty to charges of reck­less driv­ing caus­ing in­jury and fail­ing to stop to as­cer­tain in­jury.

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