Driver flown to hospital after crash

17:00, Jun 20 2014

A truck driver was flown to hospital with serious leg and chest injuries after his vehicle plunged down a gully near Alexandra yesterday.

The driver crashed in Little Valley Rd, the access road to the town's clock on the hill, about 2.10pm. Firefighters, St John and police were called to the scene, where the man was cut from the vehicle. The truck plunged down a steep gully near the top of the road, overturned and ended up on its side.

A police spokesman said the truck initially had been "teetering" on the bank, and a tow truck was called to help stabilise it before the man could be rescued.

Emergency services worked for more than 90 minutes to cut the man out and take him on a stretcher to a waiting helicopter.

A police spokesman said a helicopter already at Dunstan Hospital was sent to Alexandra then the injured man was flown to Dunedin. It appeared the truck rolled several times and the driver was seriously injured. Inquiries were continuing, he said.

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