Woman seriously injured in tractor crash

Emergency services at the scene of the crash. Supplied photo.

A woman sustained serious injuries following a crash with a tractor overnight.

The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to a car vs tractor accident east of Tirau at about 7.30pm.

“The female driver of the SUV was seriously injured as her vehicle collided with a large contracting tractor and trailer,” says a spokesperson for the rescue helicopter.

“The woman was assisted from the vehicle by fire and ambulance staff, before being flown to Waikato Hospital for further treatment.”

The cause of the crash is under investigation.



Posted on 19-04-2017 09:55 | By Papamoaner

There are golden rules for driving on rural roads, the main one being regulate your speed with regard to side exits and driveways that could have tractors, combine harvesters etc, emerging. Farmers are generally very aware of the risks and exit onto highways carefully, but they can't predict high speed drivers lacking concentration. It's an old issue and was once about horses and drays. I don't mean to distract from the terrible situation the suv driver is now in, just that the causes are not uncommon.


Posted on 19-04-2017 07:54 | By tabatha

I know these tractors need to get from A to B, but they are taking over main roads at a slow speed and there needs to be better warnings about them. We see the flashing warning trucks for grass cutting on roadsides, often overkill, but these Contracting Tractors move at a slow speed with often poor flashing lights. They should either have to warning trucks or not allowed on main roads or restricted. At 7.30p.m. at this time of the year poor light.

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