A motorcyclist is in Waikato Hospital in serious condition after his motorbike left the road and crashed into a tree in the Bay of Plenty on Friday.
The Tauranga-based TrustPower TECT Rescue Helicopter was called in to transfer the man to Waikato Hospital from Whakatane Hospital on Friday night.
Pilot Liam Brettkelly says the man crashed into a tree earlier in the day, near Opotiki.
“He received critical head and leg injuries as a result of the accident.”
Police are investigating the incident and say it is not yet clear whether speed or driver inattention were factors in the crash.
In a separate incident, a Tauranga cyclist was injured when the bike he was riding collided with a car on Cheyne Road around 10.30pm.
The 44-year-old Tauranga man was transported to Tauranga Hospital with moderate injuries, says a St John Paramedic spokesperson.
“He was coming down a hill and collided with a car.”