Man injured in motor vehicle crash near Waiouru | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Man injured in motor vehicle crash near Waiouru

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to State Highway One, Waiouru on Monday 16 April, just after midday, after a van left the road, 5 km north of the Waiouru township.

NZ Police, Fire Emergency NZ, and St John were on scene and transported a man in his 40’s to the Waiouru Military Camp helipad to meet the rescue helicopter.

The amn was treated by the onboard paramedic and transported to Whanganui Hospital for further treatment.

 

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