Three rescue helicopters were dispatched to Taupo last night at around 8.15pm to uplift multiple patients from a two car collision on State Highway 5.
Rotorua’s BayTrust Rescue Helicopter, Taupo-based Greenlea Rescue Helicopter and the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter were paged to respond to the incident.
St John Ambulance staff initially transported the patients to Taupo Hospital. The Philips Search and Rescue Trust helicopters uplifted the patients from there. Two patients were airlifted to Waikato Hospital and three were flown to Rotorua Hospital in a serious condition.
Flights were undertaken with the assistance of Night Vision Goggles with challenging weather conditions.
For further information please contact Taupo Police.
About Philips Search and Rescue Trust
Philips Search and Rescue Trust is a charitable organisation, operating rescue helicopters throughout the Central North Island. Philips Search and Rescue Trust relies on support from principal sponsors and community donations. Special thanks to Rotorua’s principal sponsor, BayTrust, Waikato’s principal sponsor, Westpac and Taupo’s principal sponsor, Greenlea. This crucial financial support ensures our rescue helicopters can continue to bring life-saving equipment, rescue personnel and trauma-trained medics directly to the patient.