'Miracle' as driver blacks out

By Amy Shanks -
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A man was injured when a vehicle crashed into his carport in Awatoto on Saturday. Photo/Duncan Brown
A man was injured when a vehicle crashed into his carport in Awatoto on Saturday. Photo/Duncan Brown

It's miraculous no one died after a woman blacked out behind the wheel in Marine Parade, crossed the centre line and ploughed into a carport, where a man was "tinkering" with his vehicle, police say.

The incident happened in a 100km/h zone near the intersection with Awatoto Rd at about 4pm on Saturday as the middle-aged woman was travelling south toward Hastings.

"What's happened is she's blacked out, crossed into the oncoming lane and over the railway line, continuing over the grass, through a fence and into a property off Te Awa Avenue," acting Sergeant Brent Smith said.

Her car had struck a man, believed to be in his 60s, who had been working in the carport - causing injuries to his leg.

"It's a miracle that no one was killed.

"It's totally unbelievable," Mr Smith said.

"This is the first time I have seen it happen where a car's gone through a fence there - she was lucky not to have flipped her car on the railway line."

Both parties were taken to Hawke's Bay Hospital for further treatment.

A spokeswoman last night confirmed they had since been discharged.

"It's come on suddenly. She wasn't expecting it. It's still being investigated, but charges are not likely at this stage."

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