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Lucky escape

Driver gets off lightly in Peel Street Bridge crash.

The driver of a car that smashed through the city centre end of Peel Street Bridge on Saturday night was fortunate to suffer only minor injuries, emergency services say.

Just before 11.30pm the vehicle crashed into the handrails and abutment on the eastern side of the bridge by the Peel Street traffic lights.

The vehicle was severely damaged and came to rest just down the bank alongside a large tree next to the path that goes down to the river walkway/cycleway

“The driver, a man in his 30s, was taken to Gisborne Hospital with facial lacerations,” an emergency services spokesman said.

“He was very lucky. Fortunately the passenger side of the vehicle took most of the impact.”

St John Ambulance officers who attended said the man's injuries were minor.

The crash site was taped off by police and they have an inquiry under way.

People in Palmerston Road told The Herald they heard a car travelling at high speed along the street and then a loud bang.

The crash site remained taped off this morning and the wrecked car remained where it came to rest.

Traffic lights at the intersection have been out of action since the crash, and a temporary roundabout was put in place yesterday.

The Gisborne Herald was told the measures may be in place for several weeks until repairs can be completed.

Firefighters attended the crash but their services were not required.

The driver was able to get out of the vehicle on his own.

* A 37-year-old man was taken to hospital with injuries after the car he was a passenger in went out of control and crashed into a ditch on Wharekopae Road by the Patutahi Golf Club yesterday morning.

Emergency services were called to the scene at around 7am.

“We assisted the man into the ambulance,” an emergency services spokeswoman said.

“He had suffered some moderate injuries.”

The spokeswoman said the driver of the vehicle had left the scene by the time they arrived.

Police have an inquiry under way.

* A 4x4 vehicle flipped on Back Ormond Road last night and the driver, a man in his 20s, suffered minor injuries.

It happened near the King Road corner just before midnight.

The badly-damaged vehicle was removed from the crash site this morning.

Lucky escape: The driver of this mangled Toyota Celica suffered only minor facial lacerations and emergency services personnel who treated him said he was lucky not to have been more seriously hurt. The car smashed through handrails at the city end of the Peel Street Bridge at around 11.30pm on Saturday. Pictures by Liam Clayton
Aftermath: A Toyota Celica, which crashed through the city centre end of Peel Street Bridge on Reads Quay on Saturday night was still there this morning. The driver suffered minor facial injuries. People reported hearing a car travelling at high speed along Palmerston Road, then a loud bang.