This morning the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter and the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter were both dispatched, just after 8am, to attend a serious crash on Tirohanga Rd near Kinleith.
A vehicle had reportedly crashed into a gum tree on the side of the road at high speed. Five people died at the scene and reportedly they were all from the same family.
An 11-year-old boy was trapped inside the vehicle but was freed by Fire and Emergency NZ and was stabilised by medical personnel at the scene.
The boy sustained serious injuries. The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter airlifted the boy to Waikato Hospital for further treatment.