Two airlifted to hospital after separate crashes

Emergency services responded to two crashes in the region yesterday, both needing the rescue helicopter to fly patients with serious injuries to Dunedin Hospital.

Shortly after 10am police, fire and ambulance crews attended an "off-road" Crash in North Otago and late yesterday a crash at Macraes Flat, in East Otago.

A police spokesman confirmed they were called to a rural area, in Round Hill Rd, Weston, shortly after 10am.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand shift manager Andrew Norris confirmed it also responded following an incident with what he believed was an ‘‘off-road vehicle’’.

St John ambulance spokesman Gerard Campbell confirmed a woman was airlifted to Dunedin Hospital.

In the Macraes incident, Fenz crews from Palmerston and Waikouaiti responded to the crash about 4.40pm at the intersection of Macraes and Fraser Rds, about 30km inland from Palmerston.

Mr Campbell said a second patient was transported to Dunedin Hospital.

Both had serious injuries, he said.


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