Passing ambulance helps injured man

An ambulance already transporting an emergency patient came across a cyclist with serious injuries on State Highway 2 in Hutt Valley this morning.

The Wellington Free Ambulance was transporting a patient with a medical condition when they saw the cyclist near the Belmont Domain turnoff, in Lower Hutt, an ambulance spokesman said.

With the existing patient stable, the ambulance stopped to help until a second Wellington Free crew arrived.

It was not clear what had happened to the cyclist, a male in his 50s, or whether he had been hit by a car. A badly-damaged bike was lying near the man.

He suffered a suspected punctured lung and was taken to Wellington Hospital in a serious condition.

The Dominion Post