Serious crash: driver found

By Gary Hamilton-Irvine

The driver of a Nissan Skyline, involved in a crash with a van near Reporoa yesterday evening, which injured nine tourists, has been found by police.

The driver had already left the crash scene when police arrived yesterday evening, after allegedly performing a U-turn in front of the rental van.

Rotorua police Senior Sergeant Denton Grimes said the driver had made his way to Lakes Primecare, in Rotorua, to receive treatment to his leg.

Mr Grimes said police were investigating the crash and no charges had been laid at this stage.

The nine overseas tourists, most of whom are Chinese, were treated at the Rotorua Hospital last night with a range of injuries.

St John Taupo operations team manager Graeme Harvey said they had assessed the nine patients at the scene with minor to moderate injuries ranging from painful necks to minor abrasions.

Four of the patients were expected to be discharged from the hospital last night while the rest remained over night.

Rotorua Hospital called on the services of Mandarin speaking residents in the community to act as interpreters, and were grateful to those volunteers who turned up to help trans late for the injured tourists.


- Rotorua Daily Post

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