Opotiki crash: Girl transferred to Starship

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A 3-year-old girl who suffered critical injuries in a Bay of Plenty road crash yesterday has been transferred to Starship Hospital.

Police said two adults, a teenage boy and two girls, aged 1 and 3, were injured when a car left State Highway 2 near the Opotiki bridge and crashed into a tree yesterday afternoon.

The girls, both from Hamilton, were flown in separate rescue helicopters to Waikato Hospital.

The 1-year-old was stable in a ward this morning while the 3-year-old had been transferred to Auckland's Starship Hospital, Waikato DHB communications director Mary Anne Gill said.

The older girl remained in a critical condition this morning, an Auckland DHB spokeswoman said.

The adults, who were returning from a tangi, were transferred from Whakatane to Waikato Hospital last night.

Ms Gill said a 70-year-old man and a 64-year-old woman, both from Hamilton, were in serious but stable conditions in the hospital's high dependency unit this morning.

A 14-year-old was treated at Whakatane Hospital and discharged yesterday.

A rescue services member said the driver of the crashed vehicle might have suffered a seizure and collapsed at the wheel. The police serious crash unit is investigating.

- with additional reporting by the Herald on Sunday


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