Two men suffered critical injuries after a head-on collision
between quad bike and motorcycle on a remote track north of
Rescue helicopters from Wellington and Palmerston North were
called to Karapoti in the Akatarawa Forest, north of Upper
Hutt, about 12.30pm.
Life Flight Rescue Helicopter crewman Colin Larsen said the
men were believed to be in their 20s.
They were flown by both rescue helicopters to Wellington
Hospital's emergency department.
They were tonight going to be transferred to the hospital's
Intensive Care Unit.
The crash happened at a "slight bend" on the forestry track,
Mr Larsen said.
Members of the public discovered the crash and alerted
"The guys who came across the accident did well in getting
some out - they had to ride about 20km back out to the
Karapoti carpark to get coverage."
After getting a good description of where the crash happened,
one of the rescue helicopters was able to land about 150m
from the scene.
The Karapoti area is known for its open bike tracks and is
the site of the Karapoti Classic, a gruelling annual mountain