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Car plunges off Coromandel bank

A silver vehicle crashed and rolled down a bank in the Coromandel Peninsula. Photo: Tairua Fire Brigade.

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A driver has walked away from a crashed car after it plunged off the road in the Coromandel Peninsula. 

The crash was one of two vehicles which crashed down banks off the Tairua-Whitianga Rd on Sunday. 

In the first incident around 10am on Sunday, the car shot off the road and plunged through scrub. 

Photos show the silver vehicle on its side entangled in gorse off the road known as Pumpkin Hill. 

Firefighters from Tairua responded, and in a post on the volunteer brigade’s Facebook page said the car made a "rapid departure" from the road. 

"The call shows a car having done a rapid departure from the road up over Pumpkin Hill.

"No other vehicles were involved, luckily, and the sole occupant was not hurt."

Fire and Emergency northern shift manager Daniel Nicholson says the vehicle left the road about a kilometre from Pool Road. 

Firefighters responded, but the occupant was able to get out of the car and was uninjured. 

Crews assisted with traffic before leaving the crash with police. 

"Drive with care, people - these outcomes are 100 per cent driver preventable," Tairua firefighters said.

And in a second incident, a car crashed down a bank and into a creek near Hot Water Beach Rd around 1.45pm. 

Both the driver and passenger escaped with minor injuries.

 - Stuff/Phillipa Yalden

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Leave them to it

Posted on 16-04-2018 09:49 | By maildrop

Why is the Fireservice responding to people who drive down a bank having done a "rapid departure"? If they want to drive like that they should be calling and paying for a tow truck to pull them out.