15 Oct 2019

Search underway after car crashes into Wairoa River

9:58 pm on 15 October 2019

Emergency services are continuing to search the Wairoa River in the Bay of Plenty for a person believed to have been in a car which crashed into the water.

Police lights

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One occupant of the car made it back to shore but the other hasn't been found.

Emergency services were contacted about 7.40pm after the crash on State Highway 29 in the Lower Kaimai area.

A police statement said the person who made it out has been taken to hospital with moderate injuries.

A shoreline search is underway for the other occupant and the police dive squad has been notified.

The road has been closed but is expected to re-open shortly.