Man seriously injured after being trapped by rolled digger

A fire truck at the scene. Photo / Andrew Warner
A fire truck at the scene. Photo / Andrew Warner

A 35-year-old Tauranga man has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after getting trapped under a digger in Te Puna this morning.

Fire and Emergency Northern Communications shift manager Paul Radden said firefighters were called to an incident in Te Puna at 10.27am.

“A digger rolled, one person was trapped by the leg. The crew got to work with extraction equipment and airbags and the person has since been extracted and is in ambulance care,” Radden said.

A reporter at the scene said both fire and ambulance services were there.

A fireman said a man had been trapped by his foot and was now on his way to hospital.

A St John Ambulance media spokeswoman said a person had been taken in a serious condition to Tauranga Hospital. An ambulance was called to the scene at 10.24am.

Crews from Tauranga and Greerton responded.

A Bay of Plenty District Health Board media spokesman later confirmed the 35-year-old Tauranga man was in a stable condition.