Dad, daugh­ter hurt in crash

A man had to be cut free from wreck­age after the ve­hi­cle he was trav­el­ling in with his teenage daugh­ter smashed into a tree in Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay.

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"I was se­cond on the scene and then luck­ily a nurse turned up as well ." Kim Grant

The po­lice Se­ri­ous Crash Unit is to in­ves­ti­gate the cause of a crash that in­jured a fa­ther and his teenage daugh­ter near Waipuku­rau on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Both the Lowe Cor­po­ra­tion Res­cue He­li­copter and the Palmer­ston North Res­cue He­li­copter were called after the car was un­der­stood to have crashed into a tree on Ha­tuma Rd, be­tween Waiou Rd and JG Wil­son Drive, at 1.55pm.

Waipuku­rau Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade sta­tion of­fi­cer Te Aroha Cook said two ap­pli­ances from Waipuku­rau at­tended, by which time the girl was be­ing at­tended to by St John Am­bu­lance staff, and spo­ken to by po­lice.

“We then cut the ve­hi­cle so the man could be taken out — it took about 30 min­utes start to fin­ish.”

She said the fire crew worked with St John staff to en­sure the man was sta­bilised as much as pos­si­ble be­fore he was put on to the he­li­copter for trans­port to hospi­tal.

They were the only peo­ple in the ve­hi­cle.

A Lowe Cor­po­ra­tion Res­cue He­li­copter spokesman said the teenage girl had mi­nor in­juries and was flown by the Palmer­ston North Res­cue He­li­copter to Hawke’s Bay Hospi­tal.

“A male pa­tient, in his 50s, was freed from the ve­hi­cle, then flown to Hawke’s Bay Hospi­tal in the Lowe Cor­po­ra­tion Res­cue He­li­copter.”

As of yes­ter­day af­ter­noon the fe­male teenager had been dis­charged, ac­cord­ing to a Hawke’s Bay Dis­trict Health Board spokesper­son.

The man had mul­ti­ple in- juries of a se­ri­ous na­ture and was in a sta­ble con­di­tion in hospi­tal.

A res­i­dent of Ha­tuma Rd who lived not far from the ac­ci­dent scene was not at home yes­ter­day, but said she was not sur­prised to hear there had been an ac­ci­dent on that road.

“It was bound to hap­pen, peo­ple are al­ways zoom­ing along there,” she said, al­though po­lice had not said whether speed was a fac­tor with this crash.

JG Wil­son Drive res­i­dent Kim Grant said she was out rid­ing her horse and heard a noise that made her think some­thing was up, and then heard a horn blar­ing.

“We went straight down, I was se­cond on the scene and then luck­ily a nurse turned up as well — I stayed with the man the whole time un­til the he­li­copters ar­rived.”

She said she had spo­ken to the man’s wife since the ac­ci­dent who said that while he had pelvis and leg in­juries he was be­ing treated and would re­cover in time.

The girl, who was his daugh­ter, was also re­cov­er­ing and did not have spinal in­juries, which was an ini­tial con­cern.

She said the ac­ci­dent hap­pened on a straight road, and it was not a known dan­ger spot to res­i­dents.

Po­lice said it may take some time to work through what caused the crash.

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