Trio of se­ri­ous crashes oc­cur over three days

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The teen vic­tim of a crash near Waipuku­rau says he is im­mensely grate­ful to a passer-by who found him dazed by the side of the road and rushed him 50km to hos­pi­tal.

Jobe Koolen was trav­el­ling to work on Fri­day morn­ing when he took a cor­ner too fast and flipped his Honda Civic.

But that is all Jobe can re­mem­ber from the crash, which oc­curred on Ar­ling­ton Rd about 6.45am.

“All I re­mem­ber is get­ting the car in the morn­ing to drive to work. I don’t re­ally re­mem­ber all that much of the crash,” he said.

“I re­mem­ber driv­ing around a cor­ner and felt the mo­tion of flip­ping and I was knocked out pretty much from then on.

Jobe was rushed to Hawke’s Bay Hos­pi­tal by a passer-by.

“There were no ambulances, no po­lice, no noth­ing. A guy just drove past and asked if I was all right and asked if that was my car.

“He told me to jump in and took me all the way to hos­pi­tal.”

Jobe, who wants to thank the passer-by, was di­ag­nosed with head trauma, a con­cus­sion and a bruised lung. He also has cuts and bruises all over his body.

“My mem­ory stops af­ter I rolled and starts again af­ter a guy pulled over and asked if I was all right,” he said.

Po­lice said there is “lim­ited in­for­ma­tion” re­gard­ing the crash be­cause of the na­ture of how it was re­ported.

Jobe’s mother, San­dra Koolen, said she will be for­ever grate­ful to the man who stopped for her son.

“Man, do I thank God he is here. His an­gels were hold­ing on to him on Fri­day,” she said.

“Thank you so much to the man that found my son and bought him straight to the hos­pi­tal.”

Jobe said he was told by po­lice an “over­cor­rec­tion” was the rea­son be­hind the crash.

“Po­lice said I was go­ing around the cor­ner too fast and tried to cor­rect my­self and ended up rolling my car,” he said.

Later the same day a boy who jumped from a school Go Bus in High Street, Waipawa was taken to hos­pi­tal in a se­ri­ous con­di­tion.

A St John am­bu­lance attended the scene at 3.38pm on Fri­day where, ac­cord­ing to a by­stander the boy was meant to get off the bus in Waipawa for a doc­tor’s ap­point­ment.

“He for­got, hit emer­gency stop and, as the door opened, he threw his bag out and jumped af­ter it.”

Pas­sen­gers heard a thud and saw him roll into gut­ter, the by­stander said. Mo­torists im­me­di­ately stopped and ran to the boy. An­other by­stander said the boy was un­con­scious. The bus was seen to stop about 500m down the road.

On Sun­day morn­ing a per­son sus­tained se­ri­ous in­juries af­ter two-ve­hi­cle crash on State High­way 2 near Waipuku­rau.

Emer­gency ser­vices attended the scene at the in­ter­sec­tion of Cook St and Taka­pau Rd about 11.03am.

A Fire and Emer­gency New Zealand spokesman con­firmed fire­fight­ers and a res­cue he­li­copter attended the ac­ci­dent.

Po­lice said one per­son was trapped in one of the ve­hi­cles. A St John Am­bu­lance spokes­woman said one pa­tient with se­ri­ous in­juries was flown to Hawke’s Bay Hos­pi­tal in Hast­ings.

State High­way 2 was tem­po­rar­ily blocked.

‘I re­mem­ber driv­ing around a cor­ner and felt the mo­tion of flip­ping

and I was knocked out pretty much from on.’ then

JOBE KOOLEN

PHOTO / SUP­PLIED

Jobe Koolen, 16, re­ceived head trauma, con­cus­sion and a bruised lung in Fri­day’s crash.

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