Driver loses control in wet weather

The crash happened on State Highway 29A at Poike. File photo.

Wet weather and loss of control is believed to be the cause of a serious crash on SH29a, near Windermere on Sunday.

Western Bay of Plenty road policing manager acting Senior Sergeant Wayne Hunter says the crash involved two vehicles on State Highway 29A at Poike.

"It happened just after 4pm at the roundabout, between Oropi Road and Welcome Bay Road.

“Three people were taken to hospital at the time of the crash. One person is in a moderate condition and two others have suffered minor injuries.”

He says early initial causes indicate wet weather and loss of control as playing a role in the accident.

“At the moment it’s looking as if the car lost control in the wet, spun and collided with another vehicle.”

Wayne says the crash happened amongst a number of similar accidents at roundabouts.

“There were several people who lost control at roundabouts over the weekend and all in incidents where drivers had approached roundabouts too fast and pulled out in front of traffic without slowing down.

“It’s not rocket science, slow down and drive to the conditions. If it’s raining severely and travel is non-essential, stay home.”


Not to blame.

Posted on 12-02-2018 15:42 | By Justin T.

Its got nothing to do with the rain, the roundabout or the road. It’s all about lack of intelligence from the driver, not adjusting their speed to suit the conditions.The road is good, the roundabout well sign posted and the weather conditions obvious. Own up to your actions!

Car lost control?

Posted on 12-02-2018 14:50 | By Happyday

That’s funny, I always thought the driver lost control of the car; the car can only do what it is told to do.


Posted on 12-02-2018 14:12 | By dumbkof2

i wish they would get it right. the driver loses controll .not the vehicle losing controll


Posted on 12-02-2018 12:53 | By maildrop

slight problem with your suggestion - idiots don’t adhere to speed limits, or the weather or any other factors that require a thought process capability beyond that of a mouse. Idiots crash, they always will. The solution is that they should not be on the road at all, ever. I wouldn’t trust these idiots with machinery in a controlled environment yet here we are, letting them loose with dangerous machinery, under no supervision and little training. Oh, and half of them are on drugs yet there is no testing regime for that in NZ, other than the cop noticing that their eyes are bit hazy and asking them. in which case they’ll say it was a late night and be sent on their way. It’s astounding.

Driving to conditions

Posted on 12-02-2018 12:48 | By Mal C

No excuse for these crashes, too many drivers approach roundabouts at a speed too great to stop or to frighten others who have right of way to yield to them. Same at one way bridges like on Tauranga Direct road for example. Driving to the conditions means at all times not just on wet roads. Think about the cost, inconvenience and hasssle of an accident and the drama of insurance claims and loss of vehicle for some time. That is if you have insurance in the first place of course.

People are so dumb...

Posted on 12-02-2018 12:45 | By unltd1nfantry

..its like we need x2 speed limits, one for dry, one for wet!


Posted on 12-02-2018 11:02 | By penguin

Notwithstanding that the weather, likely driver error and road conditions were contributing factors in this crash, it’s amazing that the open road limit of 100kph exists at this roundabout. It is a tight roundabout at the best of times and very few vehicles approach at less than 80-90kph. Being on a state highway I guess allows the higher limit. And yet, SH29A is essentially within a residential area. Common sense.....?


Posted on 12-02-2018 10:37 | By mutley

As per usual, no comment from the Police regarding tyre condition or tread depth.

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