Natalie Akoorie

Natalie Akoorie is a reporter at the NZ Herald based in Hamilton.

Schoolgirl cyclists recover at home

Emergency workers treat the cyclists at the site of yesterday's crash. Photo / Westpac Waikato Rescue Helicopter
Emergency workers treat the cyclists at the site of yesterday's crash. Photo / Westpac Waikato Rescue Helicopter

Five schoolgirl cyclists injured in a collision with a van north of Hamilton yesterday are at home recovering.

The teenagers from Waikato Diocesan School for Girls and their coach collided with the van at the intersection of Lake and Dawson roads near Taupiri about 4.25pm while training for the upcoming North Island Secondary School Champs.

Three of the girls were flown by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter to Waikato Hospital with serious injuries while the remaining two and their coach Pip Sutton were taken via ambulance.

Ms Sutton, a Waikato University student who broke her wrist in the accident, did not want to talk about the crash.

The Hamilton school's website said the parents of the girls, all aged 17, rushed to the hospital last night. The girls were later all discharged from the emergency department.

It could be up to two weeks before police decide whether charges will be laid against the van driver.

Waikato Highway Police Sergeant John Stapleford said police had interviewed the driver, a Hamilton man on his way home from work, but were yet to interview the teenagers.

- NZ Herald

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