Crash man crit­i­cally hurt

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By NI­COLA STE­WART ni­cola.ste­wart@wrcn.co.nz

A man was in Waikato Hospi­tal with crit­i­cal head in­juries on Mon­day af­ter a col­li­sion be­tween a truck and a van early on Satur­day morn­ing.

Emer­gency ser­vices were called to the in­ter­sec­tion of Alexan­dra and Wardville roads, seven kilo­me­tres north of Mata­mata, just af­ter 3am.

Mata­mata po­lice said it ap­peared the van had turned straight into the path of an on­com­ing truck.

One man was thrown from the van and a sec­ond man was cut out by fire ser­vices.

Both were taken to Waikato Hospi­tal with se­ri­ous to crit­i­cal in­juries.

It was un­der­stood the man with crit­i­cal in­juries was from Te Kauwhata.

He was in in­ten­sive care on Mon­day and it was not known if he would sur­vive. The Se­ri­ous Crash Unit was in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

Mean­while, an 81-year-old man was struck by a car in Mata­mata last Wed­nes­day as he at­tempted to cross the road on his elec­tric scooter.

Po­lice were called to Wa­haroa Rd East, out­side Z ser­vice sta­tion, at 10.45am.

Se­nior con­sta­ble Martin Capener said the man had pulled out from the foot­path di­rectly into the flow of traf­fic.

He was hit by a south­bound car and was for­tu­nate to re­ceive only mi­nor cuts and grazes.

‘‘ It clearly could have been worse,’’ said Mr Capener.

‘‘Per­haps a re­minder to peo­ple that use scoot­ers to look be­fore they cross the road.’’

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