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Serious injury in carpark crash

A man in his 40s was seriously injured yesterday in the Warehouse carpark outside Noel Leeming when he was struck by a car that was being parked alongside as he went to his vehicle.

The incident happened shortly before 11am yesterday.

Police said the car driver, an elderly woman, hit the accelerator instead of the brake as she pulled into the park.

The man was caught between her car and the side of his vehicle, and dragged along the side of his light truck.

“He suffered crush injuries to his legs,” a St John ambulance officer who attended said.

“One leg sustained particularly significant injuries.”

The 42-year-old man underwent surgery yesterday afternoon in Gisborne Hospital, and was admitted.

The hospital this morning described his condition as “stable”.

Police said the elderly woman was shaken up and distressed about what had happened, but was not injured.

Firefighters also attended to assist at the accident scene.

Police have an inquiry under way.

A 42-year-old man is in a stable condition in Gisborne Hospital after he was struck by a parking vehicle yesterday morning in the carpark of the Warehouse outside Noel Leeming. Police, Fire and Emergency NZ and St John ambulance officers tended to him at the scene (pictured), then he was taken to hospital. Picture supplied