Quad bike accident

COLLETTE DEVLIN
Last updated 16:46 20/12/2013

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@devlincolle A 68-year-old man has been flown to Dunedin Hospital after a quad bike accident on his farm in Waikoikoi.

Sergeant Greg Ballantyne, of Gore police, said the man was working on his West Otago sheep farm.

He was riding down a track and hit a large mound of dirt and was thrown off the four-wheeler this afternoon.

The man's family told police he had sustained facial injuries and taken to hospital by helicopter.

An ambulance spokesperson said there was no status given, but she said the patient's injuries must have been deemed serious for a helicopter to be transported by air.

A Dunedin Hospital spokeswoman said the man was still in the emergency department and had no update on his status.

Mr Ballantyne said the incident was on private land, so police were not investigating. 

WorkSafe New Zealand had been informed, he said.

The Gore Fire Service was also called to the scene of the accident.

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