Driver fell asleep, hit a fence

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Close call: Mata­mata po­lice said the three oc­cu­pants of this car are lucky to be alive af­ter they smashed into a post and rail fence. The car was head­ing east on State High­way 29, near the in­ter­sec­tion with State High­way 1, on Sun­day when the driver fell asleep at the wheel. When the front seat pas­sen­ger re­alised, he shouted, caus­ing the driver to wake up and swerve hard to the left. The car skid­ded across the grass and gravel, then crossed back over the cen­tre line, slam­ming into a fence. A rail from the fence was forced through the wind­screen and out the rear win­dow, caus­ing mod­er­ate in­juries to a pas­sen­ger sit­ting in the back seat. She was taken to Waikato Hospi­tal by am­bu­lance. A post also broke through the wind­screen, nar­rowly miss­ing the driver. Sergeant Gra­ham McGurk said it was a re­minder of the dan­gers of driv­ing while tired.

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