Motor vehicle accident, Oruanui | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Motor vehicle accident, Oruanui

The Tauranga-based Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched along with three other rescue helicopters to the scene of a major motor vehicle accident on Tuesday 10 October.

The accident involving two vehicles, resulting in multiple patients, took place on State Highway One and Tutukau Rd, Oruanui. NZ Fire, NZ Police and St John’s were all in attendance, along with the Hamilton-based Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter, the Rotorua-basedBayTrust Rescue Helicopter and the Taupo-based Greenlea Rescue Helicopter.

The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter airlifted a 17-year-old female from Palmerston North who had suffered multiple injuries to Rotorua Hospital.

For further information, please contact NZ Police.

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