Head-on collision on State Highway 31 | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Head-on collision on State Highway 31

Yesterday afternoon, the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to State Highway 31, north of Otorohanga, to the scene of a head-on collision.

A 30-year-old female and an 8-year-old boy were flown to Waikato Hospital, both with abdominal and chest injuries. Two other patients from the same vehicle were transported via road ambulance.

The rescue helicopter was dispatched due to the severity of the injuries and the need  for rapid transport to hospital.


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