One person critical after digger falls down mountain at Te Puna Quarry Rd

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Wed, 21 Jul 2021, 1:46PM

One person critical after digger falls down mountain at Te Puna Quarry Rd

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Bay of Plenty Times,
Publish Date
Wed, 21 Jul 2021, 1:46PM

One person has been critically injured after an incident involving a digger on Te Puna Quarry Rd in Minden.

A police spokeswoman said police were called to the scene about 12.35pm after reports a digger had gone down a mountain.

A St John spokesman said one person was taken to Tauranga Hospital in a critical condition by road ambulance. Two ambulances, a rapid response vehicle and a helicopter had been sent to the scene.

The police spokeswoman said a winch was required to uplift the patient.

Te Puna Quarry Park volunteers had closed the gates to the park to ensure no other visitors could enter.

A fire truck on Te Puna Quarry Rd.  Photo / George Novak

A fire truck on Te Puna Quarry Rd. (Photo / George Novak)

The volunteer described it as a "serious accident".

A Fire and Emergency NZ spokeswoman confirmed fire crews were called to the scene to help with 'extracting a patient."

An incident control unit had also been at the scene.