Truck driver recovering after crash

19:56, Nov 27 2012

A 68-year-old man is recovering in hospital today after his truck rolled down a bank and into a gully on a Waituna West farm.

Emergency services were called to the property about 6pm yesterday after the crash north of Feilding.

The man was driving a ground fertiliser-spreading truck on steep terrain when it rolled, ending up in a gully, Feilding police Sergeant Grant Lawton said.

The driver received a compound fracture to his leg and ‘‘a bit of a concussion’’, Mr Lawton said. St John, police and firefighters attended the scene and the Palmerston North rescue helicopter was called to fly him to Palmerston North Hospital. 

Helicopter pilot Marc Bridgman said the crew had been prepared to winch the man out of the crash scene but that was not needed.

They dropped an advanced paramedic nearby and with emergency crews on the ground the man was carried to a spot where the helicopter could land.

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