Cyclist injured in high speed smash

A Maketu cyclist is in Tauranga Hospital in serious condition after a high speed crash sent him through the windscreen of a car.

A wedge of the man’s helmet was lodged in the windscreen of the car following the crash on State Highway 2 at its intersection with Maketu Road around 5.30pm last night.

Two off-duty doctors were the first on the scene and treated the 49-year-old cyclist suffering serious injuries to his face, head and limbs.

Maketu Volunteer fire chief officer Shane Beech says it appears the car and the cyclist were travelling in the same direction.

“The car has collided with the bike and the cyclist has gone through the front windscreen of the car. The cyclist suffered severe injuries.”

Shane says when he arrived on the scene the visual impact of the crash was “astounding”.

“The cyclist was about 10metres away from the car. There was actually a doctor on the scene and he was treating the injured cyclist.

“We just basically assisted with medical assistance until the ambulance arrived.

“The visual impact of the damage was the cyclist had done to the car was astounding, the impact to the front of the car and the windscreen.”

The driver of the car walked away uninjured.

Shane says the brigade’s input was minimal as there was no one trapped.

“So it was basically a bit of road control and assisting with medical until the ambulance showed up.”

One lane of SH2 was closed while emergency services dealt with the accident.

Police are still investigating the cause of the crash.

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