Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service tasked to Upper Hunter for two separate horse accidents at Merriwa

THE Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service was kept busy over the weekend with two separate horse accidents at Merriwa.

On Saturday aircrew met with ambulance at Muswellbrook Hospital, where a 15-year-old girl had suffered back injuries after she was bucked from a horse at a property in Merriwa.

The helicopter attempted to land at Merriwa initially but was unable due to fog.

The patient was flown to John Hunter Hospital and reported to be in a stable condition.

On Sunday, the chopper was tasked to Merriwa Hospital where it met an ambulance with a 12-year-old female who had sustained back and neck injuries after falling from a horse at the show ground.

The girl was treated by paramedics and the Helicopter Critical Care Medical Team before being conveyed by helicopter to the John Hunter Hospital for further treatment.