A woman and her two male companions are fortunate to be alive after their vehicle crashed near the Pukehina 9:30pm last night.

Reports indicate the vehicle ran off the road on a straight section of the road. Two men were thrown from the moving vehicle on to the road. The woman though remained in the vehicle until it crashed and caught fire then emerged unhurt.

One of the men was flown by TrustPower Tect Helicopter to Tauranga Hospital. The woman and the other male were taken by road ambulance to the hospital.

Waimarie tetahi wahine ratau ko nga tane tokorua kei te ora tonu ratau i muri i te tukihanga o to ratau waka whanau i te putahi huarahi o Pukehina haurua i te iwa haora inapo. Hei te purongo ka korari te waka whanau i tetahi wahanga o  te huarahi e totika ana. I taua wa e korari ana te waka whanau ka porowhiua nga tane tokorua ki te mata o te huarahi. Engari ano te wahine ka mau tonu ia i roto i te konatutanga o te waka whanau kia tau rano ka murara a ka puta mai te wahine me ora pai tonu. Otira tetahi o nga tane i kawea e te waka topa TrustPower Tect ki te hohipera o Tauranga e kaha whara ana tona uma me tona tuara. I mauria ana hoa tokorua te wahine raua ko te tane ma runga waka whenua turoro ki te hohipera