Serious motor vehicle accident, one fatality near Taneatua | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Serious motor vehicle accident, one fatality near Taneatua

On Saturday evening just before midnight, the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was called to a serious motor vehicle accident near Taneatua.

A car left the road and crashed into a bank at high speed resulting in one fatality and two other occupants that received moderate and serious injuries in the crash.

The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter transported an 18-year old Whakatane man to Waikato hospital in a serious condition with the aid of night-vision goggles.

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