Pahoia resident Keri Schischka was sitting at home late Tuesday afternoon, June 16, when she suddenly heard two loud bangs.
Running towards her driveway entrance on State Highway 2, she saw smoke rising from a ditch and the wreckage of a van which had just crashed through her property.
The woman driver was trapped inside the upturned vehicle after apparently veering off the road and rolling 50 metres down a bank.
A middle aged woman on her way to Auckland veered off the road on State Highway 2, rolling 50 metres down a bank.
She sustained moderate injuries from the crash and was taken to Tauranga Hospital.
The crash occurred at about 4.30pm, as the woman drove towards Auckland along State Highway 2, 400 metres north of Esdaile Road.
Three fire engines, two ambulances and three police cars were attending the crash when SunLive arrived at the scene yesterday. Fire rescue officers had to cut the woman free.
A 40 metre stretch of fence line was completely destroyed by the van as it crashed through Keri’s property and debris from the van was strewn down the 50 metre bank.
Keri says the spot the van crashed is where she usually keeps her goat but fortunately had moved it the day before.
“When the van was pulled out the only side that wasn’t completely squashed in was the driver’s side. She should definitely think about buying a Big Wednesday ticket,” says Keri.
Mount Maunganui St John emergency team leader Ken Hansen was at the scene and says a medical condition may have been the reason the woman veered off the road.
“She may have had a pre-existing medical condition because she told us that she had been feeling unwell the entire afternoon,” says Ken.