British tourist hospitalized in NZ after falling from moving car
WAIKATO, New Zealand - A British tourist was airlifted to hospital after falling from a moving car in the Waikato.
WAIKATO, New Zealand – A British tourist was airlifted to hospital after falling from a moving car in the Waikato.
The 43-year-old man from London fell from the car as it turned a corner going about 50km/h near Otorohanga on Sunday.
He was transported to Otorohanga rugby field by ambulance before being airlifted to Waikato Hospital by the Hamilton-based Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
“According to the 43-year-old London man, he fell from the car as it turned a corner at approximately 50km/h, and his door spontaneously opened, spilling him onto the road,” said a rescue helicopter spokesperson.
The man suffered a severe head injury and a number of cuts and bruises to various parts of his body.
Emergency services were also called to a single vehicle crash on Hall Rd at Rangiriri in the Waikato about 10.20pm on Sunday.
A Fire Communications spokesperson said a car had rolled near roadworks.
No one was trapped but St John Ambulance transported a woman in her 20s to Waikato Hospital with moderate injuries.
Earlier in the day emergency services were also called to a crash at Tamahere, near Hamilton. The crash occurred on Cambridge Rd at 5.33pm.
Further details on this crash were not available this morning.