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Roads closed in car crash

• Howick and Pakuranga Times

MAJOR DAMAGE: Two women were taken to hospital after their vehicles collided in Botany on September 28. Times photo Wayne Martin.

TWO female motorists were hospitalised after their vehicles collided in the middle of a busy intersection.

The crash, which happened in Botany at about 9.30am on Friday, was attended by Counties Manukau East Police, along with members of Counties Manukau Police’s serious crash investigation unit, firefighters from the Otara station and St John Ambulance paramedics.

Emergency services were forced to cut open one of the damaged vehicles to remove its driver following the collision at the intersection of Botany Road and Ti Rakau and Te Irirangi Drives.

The woman, aged in her mid-40s, was turning right in her Nissan people carrier from Te Irirangi Drive onto Ti Rakau Drive when she collided with a Honda Accord travelling straight along Botany Road onto Te Irirangi Drive.

Both women were taken to Middlemore Hospital for treatment and traffic was diverted as the damaged vehicles were removed from the scene.

The woman cut from the Nissan suffered serious injuries in the crash, while the driver of the Honda, in her late 60s, had minor injuries including a strained neck.

Police sergeant Scott McMulkin says it’s still to be determined whether either driver was using a cellphone at the time of the crash, or if speed was a factor.

“It hasn’t yet been ascertained who is at fault, as we still have some security camera footage to work through,” he told the Times.

“It’s believed both women were wearing seat belts and alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

“The road was reopened at about 12.05pm.

“The incident affected traffic travelling along Chapel and Botany Roads and Ti Rakau Drive.

“It caused a bit of carnage, especially in terms of public transport.”

Mr McMulkin says police have spoken with one witness to the crash and will interview him again.

People who saw the collision can phone police serious crash investigator constable Amy Weston on 262-9185.


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