More care and less complacency message from Police
More care and less complacency message from Police following cycle crash
Wednesday, 11 September
2013 - 2:30pm
More care and less complacency is the message from Waikato Police as they investigate a crash that saw several school aged cyclists injured near Taupiri yesterday.
District Road Policing Manager, Inspector Marcus Lynam, said the circumstances surrounding the crash, which happened at the intersection of Lake and Dawson Roads near Taupiri about 4.25pm, are still under investigation.
"Initial indications on the cause of the crash are that a Toyota Estima people mover type vehicle has failed to give way at an intersection and collided with a group of six cyclists when it crossed from Dawson Rd on to Lake Rd.
"Five of the cyclists, who were all members of a Hamilton secondary school's cycling team out on a training ride, were injured in the crash with three being flown by air ambulance helicopter to Waikato Hospital with status two injuries while two riders were taken to hospital by ambulance with status three injuries."
Mr Lynam said it was still too early to say what, if any, charges may be laid in connection with the incident but in the interim there were some things Police would like all road users to consider.
"The Waikato road network is for the use of everyone and there is clearly sufficient room for all modes of transport if consideration is given.
"Intersection rules are there to prevent crashes such as this from occurring if road users adhere to them. Sometimes motorists can become too complacent and believe because they have good local knowledge they will be ok. What Police are saying however, is that it is important that you maintain your situational awareness and be alert of who you are sharing the road with and potential hazards."