An accident victim trapped in a car on Monday, was removed by Masterton firefighters. PHOTO/GIANINA SCHWANECKE
Dangerous Masterton-Carterton road strikes again
One person was taken to hospital in a serious condition after a two-car crash on State Highway 2 between Masterton and Carterton on Monday afternoon.
Police responded to the two-car collision at the intersection of SH2 and East Taratahi Rd shortly after 2.30pm.
Firefighters worked to remove a person who was trapped in one of the cars.
Two people were assessed by paramedics from Wellington Free Ambulance with one being transported to Wairarapa Hospital in serious condition.
A Wairarapa District Health Board spokesperson said the patient was in a stable condition.
Both lanes of traffic at the intersection were diverted with drivers asked to use side roads until the highway was cleared shortly after 3.30pm.
The crash happened along the stretch of highway where two electronic warning signs were installed in 2016 to help vehicles approaching from the side roads.
Installed at the intersection of East Taratahi Rd and Wilton Rd, the signs activate if a vehicle is approaching the highway, reducing the speed for vehicles on SH2 from 100kmh to 70kmh – a legally enforceable speed limit.
Statistics from the New Zealand Transport Agency show that from 2007 to 2016, 17 people were seriously injured in crashes on the road between Masterton and Carterton.