Injured man found on side of Western Bay of Plenty road

Police responded to the scene where a 21-year-old man was found on the side of a Western Bay of Plenty Road.
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Police responded to the scene where a 21-year-old man was found on the side of a Western Bay of Plenty Road.

A severely injured 21-year-old man found on the side of a Western Bay of Plenty road has been airlifted to hospital.

At this stage it is unknown whether the man was thrown from a moving vehicle or hit by one, Northern Fire Communications shift manager Scott Osmond said.

The BayTrust Rescue Helicopter was sent to the scene at Maniatutu Road, Pongakawa, on Saturday afternoon.

The 21-year-old local man had sustained serious head injuries and was stabilised by the on-board paramedic.  

Due to the time critical nature of his injuries he was airlifted to Rotorua Hospital for further treatment.

The circumstances of the incident are unknown, Bay of Plenty District Command Centre Senior Sergeant Karl Konlechner said.

Police arrived at the scene, north of Rotorua, about 1pm and assisted with ambulance staff, Konlechner said.

"I am unable to comment on the man's condition."

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