It took emergency services 25 minutes to free the badly injured driver of a car that collided with a milk tanker in Marton in the lower North Island early this morning.
The drivers legs were trapped and the car was pretty demolished, Marton Volunteer Fire Brigade Chief Paul Hudson said.
Hudson said the tanker took out about 200m of fence before it rolled and came to a stop in a paddock.
The driver of the upside down milk tanker was found sitting on the roof inside the cab, and suffered minor injuries.
The tanker was full of milk and had been on the way to Hawera when the crash happened, he said.
The milk leaked out, but it was contained in the paddock.
Two fire trucks were at the scene for three hours while diversions were put in place, allowing them to clear debris off the road.
Cranes were at the scene to remove the vehicle after it blocked the road on the junction of State Highway 3 and Union Line about 3am, a police spokesman said.
Diversions were in place around the scene in the Rangitikei district.