Man, 78, seriously injured after tractor roll

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UPDATED 5.46pm: A 78-year-old Tauranga man is in Tauranga Hospital with serious hip and shoulder injuries after his tractor rolled this afternoon.

TECT Trustpower rescue helicopter pilot Liam Brettkelly said the man had been mowing a paddock when his tractor rolled on the property in the Welcome Bay hills.

He was flown to Tauranga hospital in a serious condition.

UPDATED: An elderly man has been flown to Tauranga Hospital in a serious condition after his tractor rolled on a rural Welcome Bay property.

He is believed to have sustained serious hip and shoulder injuries.

TECT Trustpower rescue helicopter pilot Liam Brettkelly said the crew were called at 3.50pm and flew to the scene which was too difficult for an ambulance to reach.

The rescue helicopter landed at the scene to collect the man before transferring him to hospital.


EARLIER: The Tauranga rescue helicopter and Te Puke St John are at a rural Welcome Bay farm this afternoon for reports of a tractor accident.

A St John spokesman said emergency services were still at the scene.

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