Motor vehicle accident near Eketahuna | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Motor vehicle accident near Eketahuna

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to State Highway Two, 3km south of Eketahuna, on Friday 9 February at 5.30 pm where a vehicle towing a boat had left the road crashing down into an underground cattle crossing.

The female passenger sustained chest injuries and was transported to Masterton Hospital via road ambulance.The male driver in his 70’s was trapped for some time inside the upturned vehicle. Fire Emergency NZ Volunteers from Eketahuna and Pahiatua attended the incident and used cutting equipment to free the trapped man.

He was stablised by the onboard Intensive Care Paramedic and then flown to Palmerston North Hospital for further treatment.

Philips Rescue Helicopters, Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter, Palmerston North, Wednesday 10 May 2017. Photo: Stephen Barker/Barker Photography.©Philips Search & Rescue Trust

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