John Cowland / Staff
Police at the site of a fatal car crash in SH2 near Sunny Street, Takabao.
The three were killed when their car collided with a truck in Hawke’s Bay on their way to work.
The firefighters who arrived at the scene on Tuesday encountered a “horrific sight”.
The volunteer crew from Takapao were the first to arrive at the scene, which took place on State Highway 2 between Norswood and Takapau just before 2.50pm.
Three people were killed in the accident. They were on their way to work at Silver Fern Farms in Takapao.
Takabao’s fire chief, Lincoln Taylor, said this was the second fatal accident in the area in three months.
You can imagine the full effect of a small car opposite Kenworth’s front. Not much car left.
“It’s a terrible stretch of road. Unfortunately, our crew and the one in Waipukurau see lots of crashes on [Takapau] Plains. “Yesterday was the worst in a while,” Taylor said.
Three passengers of a northbound car were killed when they collided with a truck heading south.
Two were killed on the spot. The firefighters took care of a wounded man from the car, who later died on his way to the hospital.
Taylor said the accident occurred in the southern alley.
The truck driver was airlifted to Hook Bay Hospital’s emergency department, with serious injuries. He was in stable condition on Wednesday morning.
Taylor, who has been part of the fire crew for 15 years, said he was not sure what caused the accident, even though it was raining and the road was wet at the time.
He said, “The amount of head-to-head matches between that corner and the golf course in Waipukurau is absolutely amazing.”
He said, “It is clear that our sympathy is with the families.”
Heather Kitson was in the house about 250 meters from the scene when she heard a loud bang.
“I knew something bad had happened,” she said.
She saw many people taking care of the wounded and directing the traffic, and she saw the two-handed truck from the southern lane.
“It seemed to me as if the truck driver was taking evasive measures,” she said.
Anyone who witnessed the accident and did not speak to the police is asked to call 105 and indicate event number P044610166.