Injured man airlifted to hospital

A man suffered serious injuries in a car crash near Waverley and was airlifted to hospital early yesterday morning.

It was the beginning of a busy day for the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter yesterday, which also flew missions to Te Kuiti, Hamilton and Hawera.

Waverley and Patea fire brigades were first to the scene on Waverley Beach Rd about 1am, Waverley chief fire officer Alan Hickford said.

A first responder team and Wanganui St John ambulance paramedics were able to stabilise the injured man and the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter flew him to Wanganui Hospital.

The man was the only person in the car which crashed into a fence and ended up in a paddock. The front of the car was badly smashed.

About 9am yesterday the rescue helicopter attended another road crash on State Highway 4 at Aria, south of Te Kuiti where a vehicle rolled.

The Taranaki helicopter, along with a Waikato rescue helicopter, was called to transport three patients to hospital.

However low fog meant it was safer to take one patient by road to Te Kuiti before being put in the Taranaki helicopter and taken to Waikato Hospital.

The Waikato helicopter took a second patient to the same hospital.

About 7pm on Thursday the helicopter transferred a child injured in a quad bike crash from Hawera to Taranaki Base Hospital.

Taranaki Daily News