Woman critically injured in tanker collision

  • 17/08/2015
Emergency services had to cut the woman from the car (Life Flight)
Emergency services had to cut the woman from the car (Life Flight)

By 3 News online staff

A woman is critically injured after the car she was travelling in collided head-on with a milk tanker in the Wairarapa.

The crash occurred around 8:40am on Hughes Line, about halfway between Carterton and Masterton on a straight stretch of road, leaving the vehicle almost unrecognisable.

The woman, in her 30s, had to be cut from the car before she was treated and stabilised by paramedics and flown to Wellington Hospital by the Westpac Rescue helicopter.

Life Flight crewman Julian Burn says it is the "most devastation" he has seen in a car crash where someone hasn't died immediately.

"Normally when you've seen something like that you expect the worst," he says. "The pilot and myself had a conversation when we saw that wreckage and surprised anyone survived at all."

The truck driver was unhurt and the road conditions are said to have been good.

Police said State Highway 2 would be closed for several hours and traffic in both directions was being diverted.

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