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Two-car crash, South of Taihape

On Sunday morning the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Utiku for a 2-car crash South of Taihape.

A two-car crash took place shortly after 10am on State Highway 1. There were two occupants in each car. The road was blocked off and Taihape Fire 3 began extracting patients from the vehicles.

Three out of the four injured were transported by road ambulance to hospital. One female in her 60’s was airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital for serious medical attention.

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