A man is in a serious condition in rural Tararua district after he was pinned while loading a bulldozer on to a truck this morning.
It is understood the 64-year-old man was loading the bulldozer on to a flat-bed transporter in remote Pongaroa when he became stuck about 9.30am.
Senior constable David Kirk said the man was injured when one of the metal ramps used to load the bulldozer on to the truck slipped and pinned him.
''One of the ramps has fallen and caught him and injured him. He was considerable pain.''
He said the metal ramps weighed ''a substantial amount''.
Ambulance crews from Dannevirke and Pongaroa responded, and a rescue helicopter from Palmerston North was also called to help the man.
An ambulance communications spokeswoman said the man had managed to extricate himself from beneath the bulldozer by the time police and fire crews arrived.
She said the man suffered chest, leg and arm injuries.
Due to the isolated location of the accident, it took some time for emergency services to arrive at the scene.
Rescue attempts were further hampered by poor weather. The rescue helicopter was forced to land at Makuri School in Pahiatua, about 40 minutes away by road.
The man was treated at the scene by ambulance, before being taken to meet the ambulance.
He was airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital shortly after noon.
Pongaroa is 62 kilometres north-east of Eketahuna, and 60km south of Dannevirke.
- The Dominion Post