Two people, including a pregnant woman, have been injured following a two vehicle crash at Tamahere this morning.
Updated: Diversions were in place for motorists heading into Hamilton from the south this morning following the crash at the intersection of State Highway 1 and Cherry Lane about 4.50am.
St John Hamilton operations team manager Nigel Dawson confirmed that one male was taken to Waikato Hospital in a critical condition and a pregnant woman was in a serious condition, reported the Waikato Times.
Fire northern communications team manager Steve Smith said both patients, from separate vehicles, had to be extricated by fire fighters.
District prevention manager, Inspector Rob Lindsay, said an Audi hatchback car turned left on to State Highway 1, heading south towards Cambridge and collided with an oncoming car.
“The crash is still under investigation but it appears that as the Audi turned on to State Highway 1 it was struck head on by a silver Toyota Corona travelling north in the south bound lane,” he said.
The driver of the Toyota was taken to Waikato Hospital in a critical condition while two people in the Audi were also taken to hospital.
Mr Lindsay said emergency services were concerned for a pregnant woman in the Audi and the well being of her unborn child.
State Highway 1 was closed for about four hours but reopened about 9am.
The Cherry Lane intersection has been the scene of many accidents and there have been calls for the speed limit to be lowered to 80km/hour on SH1.
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