Dis­as­ter avoided, help given

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

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.

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