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18th of January 2018

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Trio seriously injured after car crashes into sand dunes in Mt Maunganui

The car went over the curb and into the dunes off Marine Parade. SUNLIVE.CO.NZ

The car went over the curb and into the dunes off Marine Parade.

A 21-year-old woman was pinned by her legs after a car ploughed into the sand dunes along the Mt Maunganui beachfront.

Another 21-year-old woman sat trapped in the back seat of the car that ended up mangled atop of the grassy dune on Marine Parade.

The pair and another 19-year-old man were inside the older model Honda that left the road heading towards Mauao. It hurtled over the curb and ploughed into the dunes at 1.20am on Thursday.

The car came off the road along Marine Parade, between Hart St and Clyde St, Mt Maunganui.

The car came off the road along Marine Parade, between Hart St and Clyde St, Mt Maunganui.

By the time firefighters from Mt Maunganui arrived, the man was free of the wreck.

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He was being aided by bystanders who came to the trio's aid.

The was heading towards Mauao when it crashed. CRAIG SIMCOX

The was heading towards Mauao when it crashed.

"The car had come off the road and ended up stuck on the dune, quite badly damaged," Mt Maunganui Fire Brigade station officer Jim Carter said.

"The vehicle had three passengers, two of whom were trapped when we arrived there."

Damage to the car was so severe neither of the girls could escape without being cut free, Carter said.

The girl in the driver's seat was "severely trapped".

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"Her leg was badly trapped between the seat and the steering column and dash, which had come down. The way the door had crashed was also trapping her.

"We removed the roof from the car, removed the door and did some other work to free one of the girl's legs from around the steering column."

Firefighters could see the path of the car. It had came off Marine Parade, up over the curb and ploughed to the top of the sand dune.

"It must have come across the flat bit, over the dip and up on top of the first dune that was there.

"We were surprised, it was not what we were expecting. Vehicles don't normally end up where that one did."

Looking at the vehicle, it appeared unstable, but Carter said it was "solidly parked".

Firefighters spent about 20 minutes cutting through the steel to free the pair.

"They were conscious and responsive, but they were in pain, asking for their mother."

Two bystanders had stopped to help.

One was looking after the injured man, while the other spoke to the trapped girls in the car.

"There was nothing they could do for them, they couldn't get them out of the car."

After being freed, all three were taken to Tauranga Hospital by St John ambulance.

One was in a critical condition and the other two suffered serious injuries.

On Thursday a Tauranga Hospital spokesman said both 21-year-olds from Tauranga were stable in the Intensive Care Unit. 

The 19-year-old was stable in a ward. 

Police said the Serious Crash Unit was investigating and the vehicle was removed from the scene.

 - Stuff

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