Man seriously injured in motor vehicle accident in Tatuanui | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Man seriously injured in motor vehicle accident in Tatuanui

The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched at 5.30 pm on Thursday 8 February to Tatuanui, near Morrinsville, to an 18-year-old male, the sole occupant of a vehicle, that had lost control on a sharp bend and ended up in a ditch on the side of the road.

The driver had to be cut out of the car by the NZ Fire Service and stabilised by St John paramedics at the scene before being flown to Waikato Hospital with multiple serious injuries.

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