Spike in road crashes disappoints

Police are disappointed with Western Bay of Plenty drivers after a spike in the number of road crashes at the weekend.

Western Bay of Plenty road policing manager Senior Sergeant Ian Campion says the eight crashes at the weekend is the typical weekly toll and disappointing to police.

Two people suffered moderate injuries when the van they were in crashed into a power pole on Pyes Pa Road on Saturday. Photo: Daniel Hines.

Seven of the eight crashes happened on Saturday – including a van that rolled on Pyes Pa Road.

“They are spread right across the district and it is clear to me that people need to be taking much more care then they are at the moment,” says Ian.

“It’s really disappointing to find out we have had eight crashes in one weekend when in some weeks that is the total for the entire week.”

The crash toll began at 9.38am on Saturday when two cyclists collided on Papamoa Beach Road. One of the cyclists was taken to Tauranga Hospital with suspected neck injuries.

Then at 11.48am a driver sustained minor injuries in a crash at the intersection of Cameron Road and 12th Avenue.

Police were called to a serious crash on State Highway 36/Pyes Pa Road at 1.53pm on Saturday where a van crashed into a powerpole.

Tauranga road policing sergeant Nigel Ramsden said at the time the van was travelling towards Tauranga from Rotorua when it veered across the road and crashed into a small concrete power pole, causing one of the lines to fall onto the road.

The driver and passenger, both male, were attended to by St John paramedics. The passenger was taken to Tauranga Hospital with minor injuries.

Then just over an hour later a motorcyclist sustained serious injuries in a collision with a car on Cherrywood Drive at 3.12pm.

Ian emphasises the need for motorists particularly on mornings where there is a frost.

“In shaded areas on the roads there may be some ice, I’m just pleading with people to take care on the roads.”
He says a number of crashes from the weekend resulted in injury and motorists were extremely lucky to walk away unscathed.

“It’s really disappointing to find that there are that many accidents in one day in Tauranga when it’s often the total for the week.

“People need to start taking care out there.”


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