A head-on crash in Upper Hutt and a skier with a broken leg on Mt Ruapehu kept the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter busy in the weekend.
Two young men faced life-threatening injuries after a head-on crash between a quad bike and a dirt bike on Saturday.
They were airlifted to hospital by the rescue helicopter.
The men, both in their 20s, had been riding in separate groups on trails near the Karapoti Rd car park in the Akatawara Valley, north of Upper Hutt, when they crashed around midday Saturday.
Another rider in the group rode out to the Karapoti Rd car park and was able to call Wellington Free Ambulance, with both the Westpac rescue helicopter and Palmerston North rescue helicopter called in to assist the Wellington Life Flight Air Ambulance.
"They were coming from different directions, and appear to have collided head-on on the trail at some speed," Life Flight crewman Colin Larsen said.
The Life Flight crew landed about 150 metres from the scene of the crash, and stabilised both men before transferring one to the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter and flying them to Wellington Hospital.
Their conditions were listed as serious yesterday.
Then yesterday, about midday, the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was sent to the eastern slopes of Mt Ruapehu where a Whangaparaoa woman in her 20s had suffered a badly broken leg in a skiing accident after climbing above the Tukino Ski Field.
The group skiing with the woman comforted her until the arrival of the helicopter.
The crew arrived, at an altitude of nearly 6000 feet, to stabilise the patient before airlifting her to Whanganui Hospital, where she was in a stable condition last night. Fairfax NZ
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