Six flown to hospital after four accidents

23:02, Nov 25 2012

Four accidents involving bicycles and cars have kept the Westpac rescue helicopter crew busy at the weekend.

On Saturday, a 58-year-old man was flown to Christchurch Hospital from Governors Bay after crashing his bicycle while coming down a hill. He suffered moderate rib injuries.

Later that day, a 49-year-old American tourist had to be winched to safety from the Sealy Tarn area in Mt Cook National Park after falling about 10 metres.

With help from the Mt Cook Alpine Rescue team, the tourist, suffering moderate chest and leg injuries, was flown to Timaru Hospital.

Yesterday morning, two hunters from Christchurch and Amberley were flown to Christchurch Hospital from the Lees Valley access road after their vehicle collided with a four-wheel-drive.

The crash happened about 11am. One of the men suffered head and leg injuries and had to be cut from the vehicle by Oxford volunteer firefighters.


Yesterday afternoon, two motorcyclists were airlifted to Christchurch Hospital from State Highway 1 near Domett.

They were part of a group of motorcycle enthusiasts travelling to Blenheim when they crashed about 1pm.

One of the two collided with a van and suffered serious arm and foot injuries, while the other suffered facial injuries after losing control while trying to avoid the accident.

The rescue helicopter crew also attended an incident on Thursday in Glentunnel where a 45-year-old man was struck on the head by falling branches as he was cutting down a tree.

He was flown to Christchurch Hospital with head and neck injuries.

On Friday, an 18-year-old woman was flown to Christchurch Hospital from Mouse Point Rd, in North Canterbury, after suffering a leg injury when she fell from her racing bike while on a training ride.

The woman was part of a group of three cyclists, who crashed after one cyclist lost balance and fell into the other two as a car passed.

The Press