The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter, Greenlea Rescue Helicopter and BayTrust Rescue Helicopter were dispatched to a a car crash on the outskirts of Te Kuiti township at approximately 2.30pm.
A total of 6 people were injured.
Along with the three rescue helicopters, multiple ambulance, fire and police also attended.
The State Highway 3 was blocked for some time to allow the rescue helicopters to land.
Unfortunately there were two fatalities and the other four people were flown to Waikato Hospital. All occupants were in a serious to critical condition.
ABOUT PHILIPS SEARCH AND RESCUE TRUST
Philips Search & Rescue Trust (PSRT) is the charity responsible for the North Island’s largest pool of community helicopters. PSRT was founded in 1985 after an endowment by Philips New Zealand Limited to mark a light aircraft accident near Turangi in which two Philips personnel lost their lives.
Encompassing six rescue helicopters and two fixed-wing planes, the service provides air health and rescue services free of charge to the public on a no-fault basis. The rapid response is powered by an expert crew of pilots, paramedics, flight nurses, Police and volunteer crewmen. In a life and death situation it is this speed and agility that can make all the difference, with patients able to receive medical treatment whilst en route to a medical facility.