11 Sep 2013

School cycling team hurt in crash

12:36 am on 11 September 2013

Five members of a school cycling team were injured when a car hit them in Waikato. on Tuesday afternoon. The riders were from the Waikato Diocesan School for Girls .

Two were airlifted to Waikato Hospital by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter; three others were taken by a St John ambulance.

Initial reports said most of the injuries were serious but a Waikato District Health Board spokesperson said later four 17-year-old girls and a 21-year-old woman would be discharged from hospital on Tuesday night.

The incident happened at the intersection of Lake Road and Dawson Road at Taupiri, north of Hamilton, at 4.25pm.

Paramedics tend to one of the cyclists.

Paramedics tend to one of the cyclists. Photo: WESTPAC WAIKATO RESCUE HELICOPTER

Police have interviewed the driver but are yet to speak to the injured cyclists.

Sergeant John Stapleford says a decision on whether the driver will face charges will not be made until then.

He says the road where the crash happened has a speed limit of 100 kilometres an hour and driving conditions were good.

Mr Stapleford says this is another reminder to drivers on rual roads to be considerate of other road users, especially cyclists.

The rescue helicopter pilot, Dan Harcourt, said earlier paramedics told him one of the teenage girls the chopper took from the scene had internal injuries and the other facial injuries.

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