St John confirms that an ambulance has been damaged after being hit by another vehicle in Te Kuiti, while transporting a seriously ill patient to Waikato Hospital.

The incident occurred at the intersection of Ngarongo St and Te Kuiti Road shortly before 3.30pm this afternoon.

The two ambulance officers in the vehicle have been treated at the scene for moderate to serious injuries. A support person travelling with the patient has been treated for minor injuries. The original patient's condition is now moderate. 

An occupant of the other vehicle has been treated for moderate injuries.

All five patients have been transported to Waikato Hospital by three other St John Ambulance crews that responded to the scene.

St John takes the health and safety of its patients and ambulance officers very seriously and is providing support to those involved. 

The ambulance has been badly damaged and has been taken off the road.

St John is supporting Police with their investigation into the incident.

Please attribute to Adrian Gavin, St John Ambulance Hamilton Territory Manager

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