This is what happens when a four-wheel-drive ute and a tractor collide on a narrow country road.

Inside its mangled wreckage, a young man was yesterday fighting for his life as firefighters cut him from the wreckage.

Twenty-four hours on, he is still fighting for survival, with an Auckland City Hospital spokeswoman confirming he remained in a critical condition in their care this afternoon.

A man remains critically in hospital following the crash. Photo / Westpac Rescue Helicopter
A man remains critically in hospital following the crash. Photo / Westpac Rescue Helicopter

The man, aged in his 20s, copped the worst injuries in the 12.15pm crash on the outskirts of Tuakau, in the southernmost reaches of Auckland.

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A Westpac Rescue Helicopter flew him to hospital and a spokesperson from the rescue helicopter service said he had suffered a head injury.

A second person in the ute received minor injuries, while the driver of the tractor was uninjured.