Car roll ends weekend smashes

Police are urging care at intersections after five weekend crashes on Western Bay of Plenty roads including a two car smash last night where one car ended up on its roof.

Two cars collided on Cambridge Road about 6.30pm on Sunday causing a severe damage to a blue Peugeot four door hatchback.

Emergency services at the crash on Cambridge Road last night. Photo: Daniel Hines. 

Police and firefighters from Tauranga and Greerton attended the scene where everyone escaped without injury.

Western Bay of Plenty road policing manager Senior Sergeant Ian Campion says one of the drivers was distracted.

 “The driver has been distracted and crossed the centreline but there were no injuries involved.”

The Cambridge Road crash is one of five crashes that occurred between 4pm on Friday and Monday morning.

The most serious crash happened at 11.15am on Sunday where a vehicle failed to giveway at the intersection of Hamilton Street and Durham Street – resulting in minor injuries to the driver. 

At 8.30pm on Friday police attended a single vehicle crash on State Highway 2 between Papamoa and Te Puke after the driver ran their vehicle off the road into the grass verge.

Ian says it is important to note three of the weekend crashes are a result of intersection issues, one area motorists need to take extreme and cautious care.

“It seems to be our usual problem because we are over represented at intersection crashes,” says Ian.

“Wherever two or more directions of traffic converge there is always high risk and people need to take extreme care and concentrate and make the right decisions.”


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