Teen crash victims in a stable condition at Waikato Hospital

Two teenaged girls are in a stable condition in a ward at Waikato Hospital following a single-vehicle crash involving five teenagers in the rural Waikato.

The teens crashed into an underpass on Lake Arapuni Rd at the exact spot a Targa Rally driver crashed in 2012. 

The five girls were injured in the Friday night crash near the rural village of Waotu and the 17-year-old driver and a 15-year-old passenger were flown by Westpac Rescue Helicopter to Waikato Hospital.

The three remaining girls were taken by ambulance to Waikato Hospital with minor injuries and have since been released.

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Putaruru Fire Chief Nathan Bennetto, who attended the crash, said the girls were lucky to survive.

"We had an accident there during the Targa Rally and the chap that crashed his car in that spot lost his leg. They are very lucky that they stopped where they did," he said.

Bennetto said local farmers who heard the crash were at the scene when emergency services arrived.

"They came with blankets and comforted them until we arrived," he said.

"When we got there, all the girls were conscious, two were lying down. We assessed them all for any sort of injuries and jumped straight into first aid.

"They were all out of the vehicle when we arrived and all were conscious."

Bennetto said the teens were quiet on arrival. Two were sitting on the side of the road while the others were in the paddock near the vehicle. 

"They were pretty much in a pretty sore way."

Two fire trucks and an operational support vehicle, two St John ambulances, police and the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter attended the crash.

Police are still investigating the matter and no charges have been laid.


 - Stuff