Man in ICU after serious crash

The 39-year-old Bay of Plenty man seriously injured when the truck he was driving smashed into a bank is in a stable condition in Tauranga Hospital today.

The Te Kaha man was driving the truck carrying three other people when it lost control and hit a bank on State Highway 35 west of Te Kaha around 5am on Friday.

A 39-year-old man was cut out of a truck after it hit a bank.

The man was trapped for some time in the truck before being cut free by firefighters and airlifted to Tauranga Hospital by the TrustPower TECT rescue helicopter.

Pilot Liam Brettkelly said at the time the man suffered from serious chest and head injuries. Bay of Plenty District Health Board communications advisor Diana Marriott says the man is in a stable condition in the Intensive Care Unit today.

Three others in the truck suffered minor injuries and were taken to Whakatane Hospital by St John Ambulance paramedics.


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