Crashes in wild weather

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A week­end of wild weather meant driv­ing con­di­tions in the South Waikato were far from ideal.

A truck rolled on State High­way 1 near Toko­roa on Sun­day af­ter­noon just south of the Waikato town, a Bay of Plenty po­lice spokesman said.

Fire Ser­vice shift man­ager Colin Un­der­down said the truck had three axles and was on its side, partly block­ing the road near Kin­leith, but was car­ry­ing noth­ing in­side.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened around 12.10pm and the driver was flown to Waikato Hos­pi­tal.

‘‘He said he had a sore neck, so am­bu­lance he­li­coptered him out.’’

Bay of Plenty po­lice, fire ser­vices and am­bu­lance were at the scene.

‘‘No one was trapped and [fire] crew were as­sist­ing with traf­fic man­age­ment,’’ Un­der­down said.

A wo­man driv­ing near the scene at the time, who did not want to be named, said the road was ‘‘ex­tremely wet’’.

‘‘There was a lot of wa­ter on the road and i’d had my wipers on full. I could see the truck on its side and po­lice were al­ready there but the he­li­copter was just land­ing and the fire trucks were just ar­riv­ing,’’ she said.

Around 12.50pm, a car also rolled in Toko­roa on Mos­sop Road, near the sports grounds.

Un­der­down said one per­son was ex­tracted from the car. The per­son was treated by am­bu­lance at the scene for mi­nor in­juries.

‘‘There was a lot of wa­ter on the road and I'd had my wipers on full. I could see the truck on its side.’’

MAR­ION VAN DIJK/FAIRFAX NZ

Emer­gency ser­vices re­sponded to two crashes in the South Waikato area on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

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