Emergency services responded to a Christmas day crash on the same deceptively treacherous corner of Masterton Castlepoint Rd that was the scene of three crashes just over a week ago.
The crash happened about two kilometres from Castlepoint at around 12.30pm on Monday, with the vehicle – which had been travelling with another car – rolling and going over a bank after smashing through a fence.
One patient was transported to Masterton in a serious condition, a Wellington Free Ambulance spokesperson confirmed.
According to Castlepoint Rural Fire Force’s Anders Crofoot, who attended the incident, speed appears to have been a factor.
“Based on the tire marks, it looks like the car swung a bit wide at the corner, over-corrected as it was coming off the hard tarseal, shot across the other side of the road, and went through the fence that the council contractors had just fixed after the previous weekend’s crashes,” he said.
“It’s really fortunate that the car went between two trees instead of into one of them.”
There has been some question of whether ongoing road repairs had contributed to the trio of earlier crashes, which happened on December 16 and 17, when there had been some loose gravel on the road and the warning signs that were in place – including those signalling a temporary 30kph speed limit – had been blown over by high winds.
However, Crofoot confirmed that on Monday, December 18, contractors for Masterton District Council had returned to the site “where they’ve done a very nice job of fixing a big drop out”, cleared the road, and fixed the fencing.
“I think it’s down to people travelling too fast on roads they don’t understand,” Crofoot said, “although given the number of crashes we’ve had in short succession in the same spot, I’m beginning to wonder whether there’s something else that can be done with that corner.
“It’s getting a bit tiresome.”