Two rescue helicopters dispatched to multi-vehicle crash | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Two rescue helicopters dispatched to multi-vehicle crash

The  Hamilton-based Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter and the Rotorua-based BayTrust Rescue Helicopter were dispatched on Thursday 2 August multi-vehicle crash on State Highway One, north of Tokoroa. The crash involved three trucks and a ute.

The driver of the ute was flown to Waikato Hospital by the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter chopper and a second patient was taken to Rotorua Hospital by the BayTrust Rescue Helicopter.

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