A woman crawled 60 metres up a steep bank after crashing off
the road in driving rain this morning.
The 43-year-old managed to clamber from the wrecked vehicle
near Raupunga in Hawkes Bay at about 9.30am.
With bad back injuries, she then managed to scramble back up
the steep, wet bank to flag down a passing car for help.
An ambulance from Wairoa, 25 minutes away, arrived to treat
her at the scene for moderate to serious back injuries.
She was taken to nearby Raupunga rugby grounds helicopter
landing pad site before the Lowe Corporation Rescue
Helicopter airlifted her to Hawke's Bay Regional Hospital.
A hospital spokeswoman said her injuries were still being
assessed in the emergency department.
Stephen Smith, Hawke's Bay districts operations manager, said
the woman had been travelling from Gisborne to Hawke's Bay
when she went off the road.
He said it had been raining solidly since last night and road
conditions "weren't the best".