A man and a woman escaped life-threatening injuries when a truck they were travelling in at Swan Bay on Wednesday morning left the road and rolled.
Emergency services including police, Port Stephens SES, NSW Ambulance, NSW RFS and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service were called to Swan Bay Road, west of Karuah, about 9.30am on reports that two people were trapped in a truck that had rolled over.
On arrival, responders reportedly found a "an overturned heavy tipper with an excavator" which had a 28 year old man trapped inside "suffering serious injuries".
A female passenger with minor injuries had already escaped from the truck's cabin.
Accredited rescue operators from the Raymond Terrace-based SES unit extricated the man from the truck, which took about one hour.
"The driver was extricated from the cabin of the vehicle onto the top of the vehicle cabin," Port Stephens SES said.
"The driver was then stabilised by the doctor and critical care paramedic before being placed on a spine board and stokes litter to be moved safely to the ground, in a delicate operation."
The man was treated on site for pelvis and arm injuries.
"The helicopter critical care medical team worked along side Ambulance paramedics treating and stabilising the male prior to being flown direct to the John Hunter Hospital in a serious but stable condition," a Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service spokesperson said.
"The female passenger of the truck was also assessed by the helicopter critical care medical team prior to being road transported to John Hunter Hospital by Ambulance suffering minor injuries."