Driver hurt after flipping council ute

A council animal control officer was trapped after his ute flipped near Waipapa yesterday. Photo/Peter De Graaf
A council animal control officer was trapped after his ute flipped near Waipapa yesterday. Photo/Peter De Graaf

A Far North District Council employee was injured when his ute flipped near Waipapa yesterday.

The accident occurred as the animal control officer was driving on Onekura Rd, northwest of Waipapa, about 4.30pm.

His ute veered on to the wrong side of the road, hit a roadside ditch and flipped on to its roof in a patch of gorse. Volunteers from the Kerikeri Fire Brigade had to free him from the cab.

Acting Sergeant Guy Cunningham, of Kaikohe police, said weather conditions may have contributed to the accident but the main cause appeared to be medical. The council worker is understood to have diabetes.

He was treated at the scene by St John paramedics for minor injuries and hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar), then taken home.

Among those assisting at the scene was deputy mayor Ann Court, who lives nearby.

A St John spokesman said the man was ''very, very lucky'' not to have suffered serious injuries.

Kerikeri firefighters had only just returned to the station when they were called out again at 5.40pm, this time to a serious house fire in Koronae Rd, a stone's throw from the crash.

- NORTHERN ADVOCATE

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