Patea accident victim airlifted to hospital | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Patea accident victim airlifted to hospital

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident near Patea on Thursday 18 May, where a woman in her 70’s suffered serious multiple injuries after the car she was driving collided with a truck and trailer.
The woman was trapped in the wreckage of her car and had to be cut free by local Fire Brigade using the Jaws of Life.
The woman was stabilised at the scene by the on-board St John Ambulance Intensive Care Paramedic before being flown to Whanganui Hospital with life threatening injuries.

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