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Two people were flown to Hawke’s Bay Hospital on Saturday afternoon after a ute crashed into a tree.

The accident happened on Hatuma Road at around 2pm.

Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter General Manager, Ian Wilmot, said his helicopter was returning from Wairoa Hospital with an inter-hospital transfer patient, when it was tasked to immediately respond to the accident.

As there were “multiple patients”, the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was also responded to the scene.

Mr Wilmot said a teenage girl with minor injuries was first extracted from the vehicle, and flown by the Palmerston North Helicopter to Hawke’s Bay Hospital.

Fire & Emergency NZ personnel had to free a man, aged in his 50’s, from the ute before he could be flown to hospital by the Lowe Corporation chopper.

Mr Wilmot said the man had “multiple injuries of a serious nature”.

Hatuma Road was closed for a number of hours as a result of the crash.


Heavy rain is on the way for the region over the next two days.

Rain is forecast to set-in from this morning, and become heavy overnight.

The Metservice has issued a heavy rain warning for the region for the period from 9 o'clock tonight to 6 o'clock tomorrow night.

Forecasters say we can expect 140 to 200mm of rain to accumulate, especially about the ranges,

Peak intensities of 15 to 25mm per hour are predicted.


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