At approximately 1pm Saturday 23 September, the Rotorua based BayTrust Rescue Helicopter, the Taupo based Greenlea Rescue Helicopter & the Waikato based Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter were dispatched to the scene of a multiple vehicle accident north of Taupo.
There were several vehicles involved in the crash including a truck, motorbike, ute and mini van.
There was a large response from the emergency services, with some people trapped in the vehicles. State Highway 1 was closed as a result and allowed all three rescue helicopters to land on the road at the crash scene.
The BayTrust Rescue Helicopter flew two patients to Taupo Hospital, then uplifted a third patient with serious injuries and flew the 24-year -old man from Palmerston North to Rotorua Hospital.
Both the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter and the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter flew seriously injured patients to Waikato Hospital.