Monday, August 12, 2013

Search for missing driver after car crashes off bridge - TVNZ

updated 08:25

Published: 5:23AM Tuesday August 13, 2013 Source: ONE News

The driver of a car which crashed off Maungatapu Bridge in Tauranga last night is still missing.

Five people, including a police officer, are in hospital following the crash which happened at 6.10pm.

Three vehicles were involved in the incident which resulted in one vehicle going off the bridge and into the water.

A male passenger in his 20s managed to get out of the submerged van, but the driver of the vehicle is missing.

A male police constable jumped into the water to help the passenger.

Inspector Clifford Paxton told TV ONE's Breakfast when the police officer arrived at the scene people on the bridge were confused and were concerned about the welfare of the passenger.

He said the passenger of the van was in quite some difficulty, and was struggling to stay afloat.

Mr Paxton said the officer jumped into the water and swam 100 to 150 metres from the bridge to reach the man.

"Just as he's arrived the person's gone under water but then popped back up again."

Mr Paxton said the policeman spent quite some time trying to calm the man down.

"Eventually he's been able to calm him down and together they've made their way to the safety on the other side of the harbour.

"They've been in the water for quite some time they were in there for 30 to 40 minutes and upon coming out of the water they're obviously very exhausted and very cold."

They were taken to Tauranga Hospital suffering from hypothermia.

A man and a woman in their 30s, and a man in his 40s, were in the two vehicles that remained on the bridge. They were taken to hospital with moderate injuries.

He said it was not clear at this point what the cause of the crash was.

"The vehicle that was travelling east towards Mount Maunganui has struck an oncoming van that was travelling towards Tauranga, that van has then left the road and entered the harbour," Mr Paxton said.

He told Breakfast crash investigators were at the scene last night trying to determine what had happened.

He said police inquiries will continue today, and they would be interviewing witnesses and taking statements.

The police dive squad is expected to arrive at the scene later this morning from Wellington so they can commence their search for the driver of the van.

The bridge was reopened overnight with a 50km/hr restriction imposed. It is expected to be closed again around 10am when police divers arrive at the scene.

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