Disaster avoided, help given
An ambulance officer responding to a medical emergency nearly crashed into a car wreck with three people inside last week.
The lone medic took evasive action just after 10pm on Thursday on encountering a crash site where a vehicle had hit a bank near the high-risk intersection between State Highway 1 and SH 29 at Piarere.
‘‘Our vehicle came around while responding to another job and came into the scene,’’ St John Waikato district operations manager Sandra Lapworth said.
The St John driver took evasive action to avoid the wreck and the car suffered minor damage, she said.
The medic went straight to the aid of the three injured occupants.
A 21-year-old male suffered head injuries in the smash and was flown to Waikato Hospital for treatment.
Another male suffered serious injuries and a female was in a moderate condition; both were taken by ambulance to hospital.
‘‘We were just really pleased our person was fine and did an excellent job,’’ Mrs Lapworth said.