Two youths are in Tauranga Hospital with serious injuries after a single car crash on Matakana Island this morning.
The Tauranga-based TrustPower TECT rescue helicopter was called to the scene around 3am where a 16-year-old and 12-year-old were stuck in the vehicle due to the nature of their injuries.
Helicopter pilot Liam Brettkelly says the car, which was driven by the 16-year-old, was travelling along a straight road towards a T-intersection when the car skidded through the intersection and slammed head on into a bank.
“It appears both occupants of the car were not wearing seat belts and alcohol may have been a factor.
“Both males received leg fractures.”
The 16-year-old was flown to Tauranga Hospital in a serious condition, while the 12-year-old passenger was taken to hospital in a serious condition via St John ambulance via barge.
A St John spokesperson says the rescue effort was a coordinated response between paramedics, firefighters and the Omokoroa Barge.
He says there was a lot of “being on standby” and waiting to see if extra equipment was needed to cut the victims from the car.
“The boys weren’t trapped in the car but they couldn’t extricate themselves because of their injuries.”
Police are investigating the cause of the accident.