An elderly man has been airlifted to hospital after his car went over a bank near Opotiki.

The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was called to Waiotahi at 3.15pm where a vehicle driven by a 77-year-old man had careered down a bank and ended up on the side of Waiotahi Valley Rd.

The man suffered head and abdominal injuries and was flown to Tauranga Hospital.

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