Battle of the Streets race delayed after crash

JENNA LYNCH
Last updated 07:40 18/02/2013

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St John ambulance has been kept this weekend by a number of motorcycle crashes in the Waikato. 

The Paeroa Battle of the Streets has seen a rocky start after a motorcyclist came off his bike before the race started. 

St John northern communications shift manager Norm Ngatai said a male was being airlifted to Auckland Hospital in a critical condition as a result of the accident which occurred at about 10.30 am. 

A bystander said he saw the man come off his bike before being hit by a following motorcycle. 

The race has been delayed by an hour. 

Another serious motorbike accident in Whangamata has seen a 48-year-old man taken by ambulance to the Whangamata Medical Centre with serious shoulder and chest injuries. 

The man was carrying a passenger who has suffered minor injuries from the accident occurred on Tairua Rd between September Rd and Port Rd just before 10.20am. 

And a 40-year-old man was also flown to Waikato Hospital yesterday afternoon after coming off his motorbike, believed to be en-route to the Battle of the streets event

The man was unconcious when ambulance arrived at the scene and was consequently flown by Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter to Waikato hospital with serious back and hand injuries. 

Mr Ngatai said the Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter would be stationed at the event all day, with medical sites set up at various points on the track. 

"We have multiple areas set up, called sectors, and all those sectors are manned by highly skilled St John officers," he said.

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