Ute rolls down embankment | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Ute rolls down embankment

The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Wharepuhanga, south of Te Awamutu, late last night, to retrieve a 20-year-old male, the sole occupant of a ute that crashed along Bayley Rd. It was reported that the man lost control of his vehicle in a corner and left the road, rolling several times before coming to rest down a five metre embankment.

He sustained a laceration to his head and was flown to Waikato Hospital for treatment and observation. The rescue helicopter was dispatched due to the severity of the crash and the remote location.


File Photo. Photo credit: Borden Li/ Indiefilm Productions Ltd

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