NZ driver critically hurt in collision with horse


A man who suffered critical injuries when his car hit a horse in a remote part of New Zealand faced a long drive by ambulance to hospital after rescue helicopters were unable to reach him because of fog.

The accident happened around 1.30am on State Highway 35 just south of Te Araroa at the top of East Cape.

The man and another occupant of the car, a woman, were found unconscious at the scene by emergency services. The woman was trapped in the car for a time.

It was assessed that intensive-care paramedics were required at the scene. Several rescue choppers were sought, but fog meant most were unable to fly. It is understood at least one got airborne but was forced to turn back to base because of the weather.

An off-duty paramedic headed to the accident scene from Ruatoria and the injured pair were carried by ambulance in a 170km journey to Gisborne Hospital.

The fate of the horse is unknown.

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