Two hurt in road smash
Every week the South Waikato News delves into its archives to see what was making the news 10, 25 and 50 years ago. This week we found stories about a serious vehicle accident, a Tokoroa Borough councillor taking a special interest in the town’s water, an
10 years ago. Crash delays highway traffic March 27, 2002 A car and truck headon accident left a section of State Highway One, south of Tirau, closed for about two hours on Monday morn- ing. Putaruru Police Sergeant Murray Hamilton said the crash occurred at about 10.15 when a car pulled out of the intersection at State Highway Five and appeared to travel on the wrong side of a road before colliding with a truck. He said the driver of the car received leg injuries, while his passenger – a female occupant – sustained rib and possible injuries.
The truck driver was uninjured in the accident.
The driver was airlifted to Waikato Hospital in the Westpactrust Air Ambulance while the female was driven to Waikato by road ambulance.
Mr Hamilton said the injuries would have been a lot worse had the occupants not been wearing seatbelts.
‘‘I’d say that if they weren’t wearing their seatbelts, then their damage would have been a lot more severe.’’
25 years ago Fluoride battle
flare? February 12, 1987 The question of fluoridation of Tokoroa’s water could flare again in the wake of Matamata Borough’s decision to dump the procedure this week.
Tokoroa Borough councillor Corrie Rozendaal, who has taken a special interest in the town’s water system, said that she was prepared to raise the matter with Council.
Mrs Rozendaal brought the matter up at a meeting of the Council before Christmas in which she asked that a pamphlet printed by the New Zealand Pure Water Association giving the anti-fluoridation viewpoint be placed in the town library.
Yesterday Mrs Rozendaal said that the first batch of 50 pamphlets had all been taken.
50 years ago Tornado in trees
October 1962 A tornado which swept through an area beginning just South of Kinleith and ending near Maroa on Tuesday blew down trees on the side of the main highway.
As the owner of the store at the junction of the Tokoroa- Taupo, and Rotorua- Tokoroa highways, Mr B Humphreys, said, it was fortunate that the trees were not dropped over the highway.
SMASHED: The wreckage of the car involved the accident.