Car hits childcare centre
Children at a Tawa early childhood centre had a narrow escape when a car crashed into its fence during a peak-hour accident last Tuesday.
A 70-year-old woman was taken to hospital in a neck brace after her car was clipped and flew up a bank into the fence in Tawa about 8.30am.
Paora Te Pue was at the corner of Main Rd and Sunrise Blvd when he saw the woman’s metallic green Mazda fly up a bank, smash down signs, hit the fence of the Kindercare, and roll back down.
‘‘I was so sure the car was going to plunge straight into the kindy,’’ he said.
He phoned emergency services, which was forced to cut the woman from the car.
‘‘It was horrible. She was dangling out the side and they had to cut the roof off.
‘‘They put her straight on a stretcher, but she seemed shaken.
‘‘At the kindy, toddlers peered through the gap in the fence where a hedge had been torn down by the car.
Debris, including a wing mirror, lay strewn on the bank.
Tawa fire station officer Mark Osborne said when fire fighters arrived, the car was up against the curb on its side.
They were forced to cut off the car’s roof flap using hydraulic tools so paramedics could reach the woman.
Firefighters had to cut the roof off a crashed car in Tawa after a woman was left trapped inside.