Crashes in wild weather
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.’’
Emergency services responded to two crashes in the South Waikato area on Sunday afternoon.