A 62-year-old man has been taken to Tauranga Hospital following a two-vehicle head-on crash near Paengaroa roundabout today, mainly for observation, police say.

Senior Constable Bruce Gordon said the 62-year-old man who was driving from Whakatane to Auckland at about 10am got confused after seeing a Rotorua signpost, turned right and drove around the roundabout in the wrong direction.

Mr Gordon said the male driver of Mitsibushi Colt has collided head-on with Ford Mondeo driven by a 41-year-old local woman, whose 4-5 month-old baby and 7-year-old son were also in the car.

Apart from some bruising they did not need to be transported to hospital.


The 62-year-old man was taken to Tauranga Hospital mainly for observation after he complained of chest pain, he said.

Mr Gordon said both vehicles were likely to be written off, and the male driver had already been told he would be charged with careless driving.

This was the fourth crash at the same roundabout in the past two weeks, he said.