Three crashes in 24 hours

The Northland Age - - Local News -

Emer­gency ser­vices, in­clud­ing the Kaitaia Fire Bri­gade, re­sponded to three road crashes in 24 hours from Fri­day evening, start­ing with a three-car pile-up on the Puke­poto Straight.

Deputy Chief Fire Of­fi­cer Ross Bed­dows said a van that had stopped to turn across the traf­fic was rear-ended by another vehicle, which in turn was crashed into from be­hind by a third. All three were trav­el­ling to­wards Puke­poto.

A Ford Ranger and a Toy­ota Hilux were ex­ten­sively dam­aged, as was a quad bike­laden trailer one was tow­ing, most of the oc­cu­pants of all three ve­hi­cles, 16 in all, escaping rel­a­tively un­scathed, although

Two of the ve­hi­cles in­volved in Fri­day night’s crash on the Puke­poto Straight.

some suf­fered what were de­scribed as mod­er­ate in­juries. One woman was flown by res­cue he­li­copter to Whanga¯rei amd later to Auck­land with what were be­lieved to be spinal in­juries.

On Satur­day af­ter­noon a late-model Toy­ota Hilux left the road at Puke­poto, just west of the school, crash­ing through a farm

fence and fi­nally com­ing to halt in a pad­dock. The sole oc­cu­pant was taken to Kaitaia Hos­pi­tal but was not ad­mit­ted.

Just af­ter 6pm a 4WD, which re­port­edly pulled out on to the Awanui Straight north of Wire­less Rd, was T-boned by a car trav­el­ling south. The 4WD came to rest on its roof, but no one was se­ri­ously hurt.

Emer­gency ser­vices at the scene of the sin­gle-vehicle crash at Puke­poto.

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