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Man sustains critical injuries

SH2 outside Greytown was closed for several hours yesterday after the discovery of a seriously injured man.

The man was airlifted to hospital yesterday morning in what emergency services described as a critical condition. Late yesterday evening, a Wellington Hospital spokesperson confirmed the patient was stable and no longer listed as being in critical condition.

Police were called to the incident at about 7am on SH2 on the northern side of Greytown. SH2 between North St and Ahikōuka Rd was closed while emergency services attended.

A Wellington Free Ambulance spokesperson confirmed that one patient in critical condition had been transported to Wellington Hospital by helicopter at about 7.30am.

The man was found seriously injured, and police were called to the scene. Enquiries to establish how he was injured are ongoing.

Greytown chief fire officer Seth Rance confirmed the local brigade had assisted. He said the incident scene was on SH2 itself.

“Two fire trucks and operations support attended shortly after 7 am,” he said.

“We assisted Wellington Free Ambulance with one patient. We also assisted the police with road closures and traffic control while the police investigated.

“Our thoughts are with the injured man, the members of the brigade who attended, and the community,” he said.

The road was closed for several hours after the incident, with hundreds of motorists diverting down secondary roads. Ponatahi Rd, Kokotau Rd, Carters Line and others saw heavily increased volumes of traffic as people used alternate routes.

Motorists had been advised to avoid the area.

Rance said this was a time of year when all motorists should exercise extra caution on the roads.

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