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Pedestrian hit by car

A person struck by a car in Masterton on Saturday has been airlifted to hospital.

Emergency services responded to the car versus pedestrian crash in the CBD at 1.45pm on Christmas Eve.

The pedestrian, who suffered serious injuries, was transported to hospital by helicopter.

Wellington Hospital was unable to confirm the condition of the patient yesterday.

Police said there were no reports of further injuries.

The driver reportedly hit several vehicles along Queen St before mounting the footpath and hitting the pedestrian.

The vehicle sustained significant damage to its front and rear bumper in the incident.

Masterton Fire Brigade responded to the crash, administering first aid and providing scene protection until ambulance arrived and a police cordon was established.

The brigade confirmed no vehicle extrication was required.

Wellington Free Ambulance transported the pedestrian to Wairarapa Hospital, where they were met by Life Flight and flown to Wellington.

Police cordoned off the north end of Queen St between Park and King streets for several hours while the Serious Crash Unit [SCU] investigated.

The incident was the second serious crash in Wairarapa in a week.

SCU attended a fatal two-car collision on Ponatahi Rd on December 21 in which one person died, and a second person suffering serious injuries was airlifted
to Wellington Hospital.

Police confirmed officers had spoken with the driver involved in Saturday’s incident, but “at this stage, no charges have been laid”.

The crash was one of three on Wairarapa roads on Christmas Eve, with emergency services responding to a crash in Tauherenikau and a car versus a fence in Solway.

Greytown and Featherston fire brigades responded to a two-car crash near the intersection of State Highway 2 and No 1 Line at 10.20am.

Police said at least one person suffered moderate injuries in the crash, and towing was arranged for the vehicles involved.

Masterton Fire Brigade attended another crash shortly after 7pm in Solway.

A driver reportedly lost control and crashed through a fence and into the side of a house.

The driver suffered minor injuries in the incident.

Mary Argue
Mary Argue
Mary Argue is a reporter at the Wairarapa Times-Age with an interest in justice and the region’s emergency services, regularly covering Masterton District Court, Fire and Emergency and Police.

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