Police attended several crashes over the weekend, but none of them resulted in serious injuries.
Acting Western Bay of Plenty road policing manager Senior Sergeant Wayne Hunter says on Friday night, police attended two separate incidents involving scooters, as well as a nose-to-tail crash on the Wairoa Bridge.
“On Saturday a drunk driver was texting when they lost control of their vehicle on Ohauiti Road,” says Wayne.
“A car also crashed into a lamppost on Cambridge Road due to excessive speed.”
A motorcyclist was also lucky to escape uninjured, after losing control on Minden Road.
On Sunday, police were called to a crash at 2.05pm when a single vehicle hit a barrier on State Highway 2 at Whakamarama, near the intersection with Wainui South Road.
“They took out the wire rope on left-hand side, catapulting the car across the road into oncoming traffic,” says Wayne.
“Alcohol is a suspected factor, but we’re waiting on blood tests.”
A 58-year-old Warkworth man was injured as a result of that crash, and was taken to Tauranga Hospital. He was treated and discharged that night.
“They were lucky. The wire rope is what saved them from serious injuries.”
A car also flipped on Cameron Road after hitting a parked vehicle outside the hospital.
A Bay of Plenty District Heath Board spokesperson says a 34-year-old man and two children – a six-year-old boy and four-year-old girl – were treated at the hospital and discharged the same evening.
Traffic was diverted around the crash scene while emergency services attended the incident.