Two dead in Kaeo crash

The Northland Age - - Local News -

Two peo­ple, be­lieved to be Ger­man tourists, died and a third was se­ri­ously in­jured in a two-ve­hi­cle crash on SH10 north of Kaeo on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

A light truck and a Honda peo­ple-mover col­lided shortly af­ter 2pm, with the im­pact tear­ing the front off the peo­ple­mover,and the re­main­der of the ve­hi­cle wedged in the front of the truck cab.

Po­lice, Fire and St John crews from across the Mid North re­sponded, with fire ap­pli­ances dis­patched from Kaeo, Man­gonui and Kerik­eri.

The oc­cu­pants of the peo­ple­mover died at the scene, while the truck driver, from the Kaeo area, was trapped and ini­tially in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion with sig­nif­i­cant leg in­juries.

Fire­fight­ers cut the doors off the cab and used strops to pull the ve­hi­cles apart to free him.

His con­di­tion im­proved dur­ing the res­cue, and he was re­spond­ing to his res­cuers. He was flown to Auck­land Hos­pi­tal by a North­land res­cue heli­copter.

Fire­fight­ers also cut the doors and roof off the peo­ple­mover but its oc­cu­pants could not be saved.

Sergeant Haydn Ko­rach said it ap­peared the Honda had been trav­el­ling south when it crossed the cen­tre­line.

The driver of the north­bound truck had tried to avoid a col­li­sion. Mr Ko­rach praised the “mas­sive ef­fort” of the paramedics and fire­fight­ers as they tried to save the vic­tims, and com­mended the team­work be­tween all three ser­vices.

SH10 was closed be­tween Matauri Bay Rd and the Whangaroa Bridge for more than four hours.

The scene was blessed by Fire and Emer­gency iwi li­ai­son of­fi­cer and Kawakawa Chief Fire Of­fi­cer Wayne Martin.

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