Three car crash causes havoc

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A dramatic three car collision on Main Road Stoke has brought rush traffic to a stand still this evening.

The crash occurred at around 4pm when a car pulled out of Elms St in the Wakatu Estate and was hit side on from a second car travelling at about 80km per hour, shunting the car onto its side. A third car appears to have hit the second car from behind and then plowed into a ditch next to the road.

crash1Incredibly three people suffered only minor injuries in the accident and were taken to Nelson Hospital by St John Ambulance.

The driver of one of the cars was trapped in the vehicle and had to be removed through the front window by emergency services.

Deputy chief fire officer of the Stoke Volunteer Fire Brigade, Tane Simpson, says it took them about 20 minutes to remove the trapped driver.

The crash was attended by three appliances from Richmond, Stoke and Nelson while police diverted traffic around the accident.

Main Rd Stoke was closed to one lane creating havoc for commuters on Main Rd and Whakatu Drive.

The driver of the second vehicle, Vikki Mark, said she was travelling at about 80 km/hour when the car pulled out in front of her. “I didn’t have time to break and just hit it.”

Vikki was driving a Mitsubishi Pajero with her young daughter Claudia and was visibly shaken but relieved they were both uninjured. “The car’s airbags didn’t go off but luckily we were behind a big motor,” she said.

Sergeant Brett Currie, of Nelson, said a serious crash investor was at the scene but at this stage wasn’t sure how the accident occurred.