Ute vs. logging truck on SH30, East of Bennydale | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Ute vs. logging truck on SH30, East of Bennydale

This morning at 8.20am the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to State Highway 30, East of Bennydale for a motor vehicle accident.

The motor vehicle accident involved a ute and logging truck. The driver of the ute was a 60-year-old male, he was treated at the scene by onboard Intensive Care Paramedic – Simon Burrows prior to being flown to hospital.

The patient was carefully monitored whilst being flown to Waikato Hospital with multiple trauma injuries.


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