The end of the school holidays saw several crashes take place in and around Franklin over the weekend. The turn in the weather probably didn’t help with the incidents either.
The morning of Friday 28 April was the beginning of the weekend’s incidents, where a massive rubbish spill just south of the Bombay’s caused traffic disruption, and a messy job for those having to clean up the trash off the highway.
Saturday evening saw Police receive reports around 4.20pm that a horse float had flipped and was blocking south bound lanes, metres from where the rubbish spill was earlier on Friday. While there were no details of any injuries to people, the horse was initially trapped in the float. Freed by the fire brigade, the horse was later transported to a new float. Its condition at the time of print was unavailable.
Sunday 30 April proved to be another busy day for emergency services. At approximately 9.35am, police, fire, ambulance and two Auckland Westpac Rescue helicopters were called to a two car crash at the intersection of Kaihau and Awhitu Roads in Waiuku. Three people were injured in the crash and two of these people were trapped in a vehicle for some time.
The first Helicopter crew were tasked by ambulance to the scene at 9:46am, where on arrival, the crew took over treatment of a seven year old male. He had been a front seat passenger in one of the vehicles and was flown to Auckland City Hospital in a critical condition.
A second Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter was further tasked to the scene at 10.04am. Crew treated the female patient in her 60s,who was the driver of the other vehicle. She was suffering chest injuries and had been trapped for 30 minutes. The patient was flown to Middlemore Hospital in a serious condition.
The road was closed for a while after the crash, with diversions in place. The Serious Crash Unit is still investigating.
Shortly after this collision, another incident occurred in Pokeno. Along SH1, located near the offramp 477 to SH2, at around 9.45am, a car appeared to have lost control and left the road into the bush on the side. Thankfully, there were no reported injuries or blockages, and the road was cleared shortly after.
To finish up a weekend of crashes, at around 5.30pm, a car collided with a boat trailer along SH2, near Mangatawhiri. The boat trailer had come away from the vehicle that was towing it and collided with a third vehicle. Again, thankfully no-one was injured in the crash.
It is a timely reminder as Winter fast approaches to drive to the conditions and to follow at safe distance.
On Sunday, police, fire, ambulance and two Auckland Westpac Rescue helicopters were called to a two car crash in Waiuku.