A Tauranga woman and her 13-year-old son are in Tauranga Hospital after the four-wheel-drive ute they were travelling in crashed and rolled near Paengaroa.
Two other children aged three and 12 were in the vehicle with the 36-year-old woman and her son when it rolled on State Highway 33 as it approached Paengaroa from Rotorua at about 10pm.
The two girls were uninjured. A Mount Maunganui St John Ambulance spokesperson says the mother and son were taken to Tauranga Hospital with minor injuries.
Maketu fire fighters responded to the crash and Maketu Fire Chief Shane Beech says the vehicle rolled while coming down a hill about 5km from Paengaroa on approach from Rotorua.
He discounted earlier reports the vehicle rolled four times.
“I would be surprised if it was four, definitely a couple anyway. I don’t know whether it was combination of going to sleep or the wet road - we are talking about a 4x4.
“There were reports the youngest one got thrown out of the vehicle, but no one saw it happen. When we got there, they were all out and being comforted by passers-by.”
Maketu fire fighters gave first aid treatment to the injured and protected from the rain.
The mother and the children were all taken into Tauranga by ambulance.