Logging truck versus car on State Highway 29 | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Logging truck versus car on State Highway 29

The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the intersection of Hopkins Rd and State Highway 29 at approximately 9.30am this morning after a car and logging truck collided.

One person died at the scene and two others were critically injured. Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter and Auckland’s Westpac Rescue Helicopter airlifted the two critical patients to Waikato Hospital.


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