A man has been seriously injured after a piece of machinery
fell out of the back of a ute, crushing him underneath it.
The man, in his 60s, was in the back of the ute attempting to
steady a 500kg lathe machine when the incident happened at
Orere Point yesterday morning.
The machine had just been repaired and was being transported
on the back of the ute when the trailer hit a bump in the
road and flipped, the Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter
The man was thrown out of the ute, and the lathe and trailer
landed on top of him.
Emergency services were called, and when the chopper crew
arrived, they found the machine had been lifted from the man,
and he was "laying on his side in severe pain".
"He was given heavy pain relief and a pelvic splint applied
before being transported to Auckland City Hospital in a
Status 2 [serious] condition," a Auckland Rescue Helicopter
Trust spokeswoman said.
"He is currently stable but suffering serious pelvic injuries
and an ankle fracture."
- By Patrice Dougan of APNZ