Girl in quad fall out of hospital

KAT DUGGAN
Last updated 07:16 26/12/2013

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An 11-year-old girl was released from hospital in time for Christmas following a quad bike accident in the Marlborough Sounds at the weekend.

Life Flight crewman Logan Taylor said a Wellington Rescue Helicopter attended the accident about 12.30pm on Sunday after the girl fell off the back of the bike.

He said the girl was not wearing a helmet, but the driver had been driving slower than walking speed as they transported their gear to the house.

"They hit a fence post which just knocked her back," he said.

The girl was assessed and treated by an onboard Wellington Free Ambulance paramedic before being flown to the Wairau Hospital emergency department in Blenheim for further treatment.

A hospital spokesman said the girl was admitted to hospital for one night with moderate injuries, before being released on Monday afternoon.

ACC could not provide details on the number of people injured in ATV accidents this year, but senior media advisor Stephanie Melville said less than three people under the age of 12 had been injured in the Marlborough area during 2012.

ATVs include quad bikes, farm bikes and four-wheeler and 3-wheeler motorbikes, so it was unclear how many were quad bikes, she said.

A total of 33 people had claimed ACC for ATV accidents in the Marlborough District in 2012, an increase of one from the year before, and 12 from 2010.

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- The Marlborough Express

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