Injured girl flown to Starship after fatal crash

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Starship Children's Hospital in Auckland. Photo / Natalie Slade
Starship Children's Hospital in Auckland. Photo / Natalie Slade

A little girl critically injured in a fatal accident north of Gisborne yesterday has been transferred to Starship Hospital in Auckland.

The three-year-old's grandmother died in the crash on State Highway 2 at the northern base of Traffords Hill, near the Waioeka Gorge.

Police have not yet released the name of the dead 60-year-old.

"We are still in the process of advising all next-of-kin," Senior Sergeant Maui Aben said this morning.

The four-wheel-drive vehicle they were travelling in skidded, left the road, and hit a dirt embankment before rolling on to its roof about 8.30am.

A police serious crash investigation is underway.

"We are investigating the cause of the accident and at this stage it looks as if ice on the highway might have been a factor," Mr Aben said.

The crash happened at the bottom of Traffords Hill on the Opotiki side, near the Opato Bridge.

The 42-year-old man who was driving the 4x4 was treated and discharged from Gisborne Hospital's emergency department yesterday, along with the girl's 29-year-old mother. They both suffered what were described as minor injuries.

A team from Starship Hospital flew the injured girl to Auckland yesterday afternoon.

A hospital spokeswoman said this morning she was in the Starship intensive care unit and her condition was critical.

SH2 remained closed yesterday morning as police conducted a scene examination.

Mr Aben said road conditions at the time of the accident were part of their investigation.

- The Gisborne Herald

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