On Wednesday morning just before 11am the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to State Highway 5, near Rotorua.
The on-duty crew responded to a serious crash and landed at the scene within 12 minutes of taking off from the base in Hamilton.
A milk tanker and mowing tractor had collided and leaving the road and trapping both drivers.
Later on in the afternoon, shortly after 6.40pm, both Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopters were tasked to Otorohanga for a two-vehicle collision.
Both rescue helicopters arrived at the scene within 10 minutes of taking off. A mother and her 3 children were injured in the accident. Two of the patients were cared for by the onboard Intensive Care Paramedics before being airlifted to Waikato Hospital. The other injured patients were transported via road ambulance.
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