Firefighters free pair from wreck

Waikato firefighters freed two injured people after a car and truck collided last Friday.

Hamilton’s Chartwell fire crew responded to the crash in Bankier Rd, near Taupiri, at 9.46am, says the Waikato Times.

Two people were trapped in the wreckage, and firefighters used cutting equipment to free them.

It appeared that a truck travelling west was turning into a farm driveway when an eastbound car collided with it, Sergeant Neil Mansill, of the Huntly road-safety team, said.

“Four people in the car suffered minor to serious injuries and two were freed by members of the public who arrived at the scene, while two others were cut out by firefighters using extraction equipment,” he said.

Two people were taken to Waikato Hospital in moderate condition.

Fire Service spokeswoman Nicole Bernard said 180 litres of diesel spilt on to the road.

The Waikato police serious-crash unit is investigating.

Police are working to establish the ownership of several items found in the car.

“A 32-inch television, some electronic items and a large spanner and wrench set were recovered, and we would like to hear from anyone who may know the origins of these items,” Mansill said.

Anyone with information can call the Ngaruawahia police on 07 824 8199.

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