SH5 motor vehicle accident | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

SH5 motor vehicle accident

At 6pm on Wednesday evening, the Westpac Waikato Rescue Helicopter & the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter were dispatched to SH5 , West of Rotorua.

A  two-vehicle accident had taken place and the road was blocked from both ends allow both helicopters to land at the scene.

Two patients from separate vehicles were airlifted to Waikato Hospital with multiple trauma.

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