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.
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.
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.