Police investigating Tuesday night's head-on collision near Westshore, which left one man with critical injuries, are appealing for sightings of one of the vehicles in the time leading up to the crash.
The crash, involving a car and a van, happened on a straight stretch of the expressway at the northern approach to the Ahuriri Estuary Bridge about 9.15pm, with the impact sending the van into the air where it came to rest on the steel roadside barriers. The driver managed to get out but later collapsed and was taken to Hawke's Bay Hospital with leg injuries and severe bruising. His condition was yesterday reported to be stable.
The 27-year-old driver of the car, which had been heading south toward Napier, received multiple injuries and had to be cut from the wreckage. He was admitted to the hospital's intensive care unit where his condition yesterday was described as critical.
Senior Constable Corey Ubels of the Hawke's Bay Police Serious Crash Unit said it was too early in the investigation to comment about the circumstances leading up to the crash. He said police were keen to hear from anyone who may have seen a white or light-coloured Mazda Familia sedan being driven toward Napier on SH2 between the airport area and the crash scene.