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News in brief, March 11, 2023

Carterton crash

A car careered into two vehicles in Carterton and held up traffic on State Highway 2 during peak hour yesterday morning. Emergency services responded to the reported three-car crash shortly after 8am on High St Nth. Wellington Free Ambulance said one person was in a moderate condition but did not require hospital transportation. The patient was treated by staff at the scene. St Vincent de Paul’s manager Giles Kendall-Carpenter said he was out the back of the shop when he heard two loud bangs. “I knew at that time the kids from Hadlow [Preparatory School] would be out the front getting the bus. So my first priority was checking on them. Some were pretty upset and crying, so we got them inside.” Kendall-Carpenter said an ambulance was on the scene in seconds as one happened to be passing through “by pure luck”. “I didn’t see the crash, but putting two and two together, there were two bangs and 30 metres down the road it looks like another car was hit. The driver ended up in the back of a small truck opposite the shop. There’s not much left to the front of the car.” Powerco said contractors were dispatched to assess a power pole that was “shunted” in the incident, and confirmed there was no outage.

Poaching reported

Police are following up suspected poaching in South Wairarapa, after receiving a call to Western Lake Rd at 2.30am yesterday. Officers attended and spoke to the people involved, however nothing of concern was located. Police said inquiries were ongoing.

Upcoming roadworks

Waka Kotahi NZTA has advised road users to be mindful of chipseal resurfacing on State Highway 2 in Featherston in coming days. The transport agency said stop-go traffic control will be in place near Boundary Rd tomorrow night, and Camp Rd on Monday night from 7pm-6am. It said 30kmh speed limits will be in place for two days following resurfacing.

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