The fatal crash which claimed the lives of two people on State Highway 2 has left a lasting impression on one Pukehina resident.
The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, says the crash happened right outside her house on State Highway 2 on Thursday afternoon.
“I was helping my brother get the cows in and when we got to the shed I noticed a pile of smoke coming from the road.
“I took off to see what it was and by the time I got there everyone was stopping.
“Someone had already called emergency services and I called my brother to grab a fire extinguisher because the truck involved was smoking away.
“The truck driver was cut to bits and in shock,” she says. “I stayed with him, he was in shock and a bit stubborn.”
The crash happened following what she describes as a number of ‘near-misses’ that she says happen on a daily basis.
“I sit on our veranda where we have a view of the main road and I say to my brother ‘there’s some close calls today.’
“We see a good kilometre of the road each way, there’s some idiots who drive along there every day. I cringe watching all the close calls.”
She says while her family have lived at the home for a number of years, she has only resided there for a few months.
“The only accident I’ve seen is when a lady was hit by a train a few months ago on Ohinepanea Road.”
Police are still investigating the cause of yesterday afternoon’s fatal crash.
The highway was closed for several hours and re-opened around 12.30am.
This is the third fatal crash in the Bay of Plenty this week.
Police are still investigating the causes of both these fatal crashes.