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Morning crash on east coast highway

FIVE vehicles — two utes and three cars — were involved in a pile-up this morning on State Highway 35 south of Tolaga Bay.

Emergency services said it was fortunate there were no serious injuries.

The crash happened two kilometres south of the Thomas Road corner at Whangara at about 8.30am.

Emergency services responded in full force, with fire appliances from Gisborne and Tolaga Bay, St John ambulances from Gisborne and Tolaga Bay, and police involved.

“Five people in the vehicles were transported to Gisborne Hospital for the treatment of ‘minor’ injuries,” an emergency services spokesman said.

All the people in the vehicles were out by the time emergency services arrived.

“One vehicle flipped over on to its roof, and tools inside it flew out to strike other vehicles,” a senior firefighter said.

“The flying tools went through the windows and doors of one of the utes. The person in that vehicle was very lucky.

“One item went through the driver’s window and just missed his head.”

State Highway 35 was closed for about 45 minutes at the crash site while the accident scene was cleared.

A significant amount of traffic built up on both sides of the scene during that time.

Five people were transported by St John ambulance to Gisborne Hospital this morning after three cars and two utes were involved in a pile-up on State Highway 35 south of Tolaga Bay. There were no serious injuries and the highway was closed for about 45 minutes. Picture by Paul Rickard