BREAKING NEWS: Seven people have been taken to hospital after a van rolled in the Awakino gorge this evening.
Emergency services including two rescue helicopters attended after being called about 5:30pm.
Taranaki Rescue Helicopter pilot Fergus MacLachlan said a female with serious injuries had been airlifted to Taranaki Base Hospital while five others were taken to hospital by St John's ambulances with minor injuries.
Another female was taken to Waikato hospital by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
St John's operations manager Ian May said the two females flown to hospital were aged 21 and 24 and both had neck and back injuries.
At least one person was thrown from the vehicle.
Sergeant Bruce Irvine said State Highway Three had been closed for a short time so the helicopters could land.
Mr MacLachlan said the van-load of people appeared to have been a family group on their way to Tauranga.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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