Truck roll over in Ruatahuna | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Truck roll over in Ruatahuna

On Saturday 23 January the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter were tasked to a truck roll over in Ruatahuna. The patient was trapped in the truck for 2.5 hours and could not be freed until Fire and Emergency NZ arrived with their specialist equipment. The helicopter crew arrived first on scene and the onboard Intensive Care Paramedic (ICP) treated the patient. Due to the remoteness of the scene, Fire and road ambulance arrived an hour after the crew landed. Fire and Emergency NZ used their specialist skills and equipment to cut the patient free. The patient was flown to Waikato Hospital with moderate injuries.


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