Man thrown from car in crash


A man had to be airlifted to hospital after a car crash near Pukehina.


The TrustPower TECT Rescue Helicopter was called to the crash on SH2 about 9.30pm last night.


Helicopter pilot Todd Dunham said two men and one woman were in the car at the time of the crash.


The driver was thrown from the car at the time of the crash.


"The car caught fire and the female managed to free herself from the wreckage," he said


"The helicopter flew one of the male passengers to Tauranga hospital with chest and back injuries while the remaining two were taken by road ambulance."  


A Tauranga Hospital spokeswoman said two men, who are both from Te Puke and both 21, were still in Tauranga Hospital.


She said one was in a serious condition in the Intensive Care Unit the other was in a stable condition in a hospital ward.


The 17 year old Mt Maunganui girl has been treated and discharged from hospital.


Pukehina Fire Chief Errol Watts said the extensively damage car left the road at high speed and rolled probably 5-6m down a bank, flattened a line of trees in a shelter belt, and ended in bare paddock, where it caught fire. 

 

The crash at about 9.15pm last night on State Highway 2 about 2km past the Pukehina Beach turnoff to Whakatane, he said

 

Mr Watts said  21-year-old male driver was flung out of the vehicle as he was not wearing a seatbelt, but the  20-year-old woman and 21-year-old man managed to get themselves out of the car, and someone in a following vehicle put out the small fire under the bonnet with an extinguisher.

 

When he arrived on the scene the woman was walking around, while two men who were conscious and talking 

were lying on the ground.

 

Mr Watts said the extensively crushed vehicle was unrecognisable in terms of its make.

 

Pukehina and Maketu fire crews attended the scene along with 6-7 police patrol cars, he said.

 

 

 

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