23 Mar 2016

Woman critically hurt after car plunges from building

3:28 pm on 23 March 2016

A car's tyres screeched before it fell five storeys from an Auckland car park last night, injuring the two occupants inside, a witness says.

The scene at York Street after a car plunged off a building.

The scene at York Street after a car plunged off a building. Photo: RNZ / Murielle Baker

Two people remain in hospital, one in a critical condition, after the car fell off a building in York Street, Newmarket, shortly before 9pm.

It landed on another vehicle, which no one was inside.

An Auckland City Hospital spokesperson said a 30-year-old woman was in a critical condition, and a 39-year-old male was stable.

Bar manager Sasha Cunningham was working just metres away at Doolan Brothers on Khyber Pass Road when she heard screeching tyres, then saw the car topple off the building.

"I looked out and there was a car upside down falling through the air and it just landed on its roof in between two cars, that's what it looked like from here anyway.

"Then everyone just ran over and people were shouting to get away from it as it might start blowing, or fire, but it didn't."

Alan Morton, who lives near the parking building, thought the car would have had to have travelled at speed to break through the barrier.

"It's a fairly frail looking fence. It will have a pressure-sensitive level that would normally resist the car...this one has been under such great force."

Police and the Serious Crash Unit are investigating.

A number of local roads were cordoned off last night.