Car driver flown to hospital

20:25, Feb 04 2013
Canvastown crash
Car flips: A Wellington man is removed from his car after it hit a tree and flipped near Canvastown, between Havelock and Nelson, yesterday

A Wellington man had to be cut from his car after it hit a tree and flipped on State Highway 6 near Canvastown, in Marlborough, yesterday evening.

He was flown to Nelson Hospital with head and leg injuries.

Nelson Marlborough rescue helicopter duty pilot Jarrod Colbourne said the 44-year-old man was the only person in the car, which was heading from Nelson toward Havelock when it crashed near Canvastown.

canvastown crash
Car flips: The Nelson Marlborough rescue helicopter sits in a roadside paddock while a Wellington man is removed from his car

The man was trapped in the car after it hit the tree at the side of the road and ended up on its roof on the road. No other vehicles were involved, Mr Colbourne said.

Emergency services were called about 5.55pm.

The rescue helicopter had to fly in via the Whangamoa and Rai saddles because of low cloud in the area.


The road was pretty wet, he said.

The helicopter had two firefighters on board with cutting equipment, but Mr Colbourne said the Havelock Volunteer Fire Brigade had used its gear to get the man out when the crew landed. The onboard St John intensive care paramedics treated the man at the scene for head and leg injuries before he was flown to Nelson Hospital about 7pm.

Details of his condition were not available this morning, but his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Police and Havelock St John were also involving in dealing with the crash and the traffic.

SH6 was closed and later reduced to a single lane until wreckage was cleared.

The Marlborough Express