Northland forestry worker run over by own ute after forgetting to apply handbrake

Winching the man out of the forest was the only option, so the Northland Rescue Helicopter was dispatched. (FILE)
NORTHLAND RESCUE HELICOPTER

Winching the man out of the forest was the only option, so the Northland Rescue Helicopter was dispatched. (FILE)

A Northland forestry worker was run over by his own ute after forgetting to apply its handbrake on a remote rural track.

The man attempted to catch up with his runaway vehicle in order to stop it sliding down a steep slope.

However, the vehicle struck him as he tried to jump in, running over his pelvis deep in the forest north of Dargaville.

The man had to be winched out by the Northland Rescue Helicopter at the end of Middleton Rd because it was the only safe rescue option in the dense wooded block.

He was picked up by 7.45am on Tuesday and was flown to the emergency department at Whangarei Hospital in a stable condition.

The worker's ute had started accelerating down the slope, according to a spokesperson for the Northland Rescue Helicopter. 

"He's run down right beside it to jump in and put the handbrake on.

"He subsequently got bowled over by the vehicle and it ran over his pelvis," the spokesperson said.

The accident happened around 7am on Tuesday and it "took some time" for ambulance services to get on scene.

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The ambulance crew drove seven kilometres along the remote track in order to reach the stricken man.

They decided on arrival that the only safe option to rescue the man was to winch him out by helicopter.

"It's quite a steep forestry block area," the Northland Rescue Helicopter spokesperson added.

 - Stuff

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