A man has been flown to hospital after a tractor rolled on him in rural Hawkes Bay.

Hawkes Bay Helicopter Rescue Trust spokeswoman Louise Harvey said the Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter crew responded to a 67-year-old man who had head and chest injuries after a tractor rolled over him while he was replacing post at a vineyard at Crownthorpe.

He then airlifted to Hawke's Bay Regional Hospital for further treatment, she said.

It was not yet known what had caused the tractor to roll as the accident occurred on flat ground, Ms Harvey said.


The tractor was not on the man when the rescue helicopter arrived, she said.

The man was not alone at the time.

St John Hawkes Bay district commander Steven Smith said they received a call just after midday that a man in his 60s had suffered a tractor accident.

"Due to the location, we elected to go there by helicopter - it was remote and on a farm.

"The helicopter flew with an intensive care paramedic and [another] paramedic.''

The man was treated at the scene before being flown to hospital, Mr Smith said.