One person was taken to Auckland City Hospital in a critical condition (file photo).
A person is fighting for their life after an e-scooter accident on Auckland’s waterfront.
The incident occurred about 6.15pm on Monday on Westhaven Dr, St Mary’s Bay.
A St John spokeswoman said one person was taken to Auckland City Hospital in a critical condition.
Police were notified about 8.30pm of an incident involving an electric scooter in which a person was injured, a spokeswoman said.
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Lime spokeswoman Lauren Mentjox said it was concerned to hear of the incident and was yet to confirm if one of its scooters was involved.
“We are working with the authorities to help with the investigation and we are keenly awaiting an update on the condition of the injured person,” she said.
A recent study showed e-scooter riders are arriving at hospitals with injuries similar to those sustained in car accidents or falls from heights.
Researchers of the paper The Cost of Electric-Scooter Related Orthopaedic Surgery, published in the New Zealand Medical Journal, found the popularity of e-scooters was creating an increasing burden on taxpayers and healthcare systems.
The study only looked at e-scooter injuries requiring surgery at Auckland City Hospital over a 19-week period from October 15, 2018, to February 22, 2019. It found 21 patients needed 23 operations.
Those surgeries cost a total of $404,925 and resulted in increased waiting times for other serious operations.
Injuries seen in the patients recorded in the study ranged from ankle, knee and leg breaks to dislocations and head fractures.
ACC claims for e-scooter injuries topped $4.3 million with more than 2000 claims lodged from October 2018 to July 2019.
During that period, Auckland saw the most claims with 1271, totalling $1,767,480.
The top injuries were to the knee, hand and wrist, and arm with a loss of balance as the main cause of injuries.