Two people needed to be cut from vehicles and airlifted to hospital after a high-speed, head-on crash near Turangi this evening.
A 44-year-old Turangi man was airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital at 7pm with chest injuries. He had been driving south in an SUV.
A Finnish woman, in her mid-20s, was a passenger in a minivan, and was stuck for about 90 minutes in the damaged vehicle by her legs. She was freed by fire brigade staff using cutting gear.
She suffered a suspected dislocated hip and leg fractures, and was flown to Waikato Hospital at 7.15pm.
The crash happened at 5.45pm on State Highway 47 near Lake Rotoaira.
Two rescue helicopters attended the accident, as well as the Turangi Fire Brigade.
SH 47 over the Pihanga saddle was closed for some time while the emergency services tended to the scene.