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Dog raises alarm in Waikato paddock crash

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 15/10/2016

A man's dog has raised the alarm with neighbour's after he spent the night in the wreckage of his crashed car in a steep Waikato paddock.

The man lost control of his car on the road to Kawhia late on Friday night, went through a fence and rolled several times before coming to a rest after about 100m.

The 55-year-old, who suffered leg and hip injuries, was rescued by the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter on Saturday morning.

"Initially he attempted to make his way back up to the road but with his injuries and the wet steep terrain he got back into the car to wait out the night," a spokeswoman said in a statement.

"Apparently his dog assisted in raising the alarm at a nearby residence this morning."

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