A Life Flight Trust team helicopter flew a seriously ill boy to hospital from a car accident north of Waikanae.
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter, with two Wellington Free Ambulance paramedics on board, was called to a three-vehicle accident on SH 1 near Te Horo just before noon on the first day of the long weekend.
At the scene, several patients were being treated by Fire Service, St John Ambulance and Wellington Free Ambulance officers when the helicopter arrived.
The 10 year old Waikanae boy, who was a rear-seat passenger in one of the vehicles , was treated at the scene and then flown to Wellington Hospital Emergency Department by helicopter with serious head injuries. He is now recovering after surgery.
A 7-year-old girl was also taken to hospital. She suffered spinal injuries.
Another child and two adults were also taken to hospital for treatment for less serious injuries.
Northbound car,stops, hit from behind
Police say a northbound car, with the two adults and three children on board, stopped in the right-hand lane to make a right turn, but was hit from behind by a truck, sending it into the path of a southbound car. Two men in the truck were treated at the scene by ambulance officers.
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The Life Flight Trust is a charity providing air rescue and air ambulance services. It operates the Wellington based Westpac Rescue Helicopter and a national air ambulance service.
Please note it relies on support from the public and sponsorship from partners such as Westpac to provide these services. Further information can be obtained from www.lifeflight.org.nz