Two men who crashed head-on while riding a dirt bike and a quad bike on a trail in the Akatarawa Forest remain in Wellington Hospital’s intensive care unit this morning.
Life Flight crewman Colin Larsen said he understood the men, both in their 20s, had been riding in separate groups on trails near the Karapoti Rd carpark, north of Upper Hutt, when they crashed around midday Saturday.
‘‘They were coming from different directions, and appear to have collided head on on the trail at some speed.’’
Another rider in the group rode out to the Karapoti Rd carpark and was able to call Wellington Free Ambulance, with both the Westpac rescue helicopter and Palmerston North rescue helicopter called in to assist.
Mr Larsen said the Life Flight crew were able to land about 150m from the scene of the crash, and stabilised both men before transferring one of the Palmerston North rescue helicopter and flying them to Wellington Hospital.
A hospital spokesman said the men were still in the intensive care unit this morning. One was stable and the other was in a serious condition.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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