Couple in their 50’s survive car roll | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Couple in their 50’s survive car roll

Shortly after 10am this morning, the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to SH1 North of Taihape for a vehicle that had left the road and rolled onto its roof and into a ditch.

Both occupants, a man and a woman in their 50’s, were trapped for a period of time before being extracted by Fire and Emergency New Zealand. Overseen by the onboard Intensive Care Paramedic – Dewet Pienaar it was identified that the female occupant of the vehicle had sustained a moderate head injury. She was airlifted by the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter in overcast conditions to Whanganui Hospital for further treatment.

The male occupant, who had minor injuries to his chest was transported by St John Ambulance also to Whanganui Hospital.

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