Two Kids Critical Following Hauraki Crash Not In Car Restraints

Posted by Waikato Police Media Release on 27/02/2012

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Waikato Police are urging motorists to ensure their most precious cargo - their children are properly restrained when driving after it was established two children critically injured in a collision this morning were not properly restrained.

Acting District Road Policing Manager, Senior Sergeant Jeff Penno, said the crash, which happened on SH27 near Patetonga occurred between a Toyota Hi-lux utility towing a trailer and a Kia Cerato about 5.40am.

"The trailer being towed by the Hi-lux was carrying another vehicle and the utility and its trailer ended up on its side.

"The two children, who are aged between 2-4-years-old, were not restrained in approved car seats and have suffered critical and serious to critical injuries and were flown by helicopter to hospital."

Mr Penno said the two adults in the utility were also injured and taken to hospital by ambulance while the female driver of the Kia suffered moderate injuries.

Her male passenger suffered minor injuries in the crash.

"The Waikato Serious Crash Unit is working to establish the cause of the collision and initial indications are the driver of the Hi-lux may have left the road while cornering and over corrected, crossing into the path of the Kia.

"One thing that is readily apparent however is the young children were not in approved car seats. This is inexcusable on the part of drivers who should take every precaution possible to safeguard that most precious of cargoes- our children."

SH27 is expected to be closed until shortly before 12pm to allow crash investigators to complete their preliminary scene examination.