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Boy star injured in car crash

The young actor was airlifted to hospital after the accident.

The young star of the hit New Zealand film Boy has been seriously injured in a car crash.

James Rolleston was in a car travelling near Opotiki, when the vehicle hit a bridge late last night, the NZ Herald are reporting.

Opotiki volunteer firefighters had to cut Rolleston from the wreck using hydraulic equipment, a spokeswoman for northern fire communications said.

The 19-year-old was flown by rescue helicopter to Tauranga Hospital, where he remains.

Bay of Plenty District Health Board released a short statement, which said: “Actor James Rolleston, 19 years old from Opotiki, was this morning airlifted to Tauranga Hospital following a car accident. No further details will be released and the family will not make any comment.”

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A second person received minor injuries in the crash.

Rolleston is awake, his agent, Tim Gordon, confirmed to the Herald.

“At the moment, he is in a holding pattern. He’s alright,” Gordon said.

“They are making him comfortable and he is responding to all the things he needs to respond to.”

Rolleston made his film debut in Boy, directed by Taika Waititi in 2010. He has also appeared in The Dark Horse, The Dead Lands and his latest film, The Rehearsal premiered at the New Zealand International Film Festival on Saturday.

WATCH: James Rolleston on his hometown of Opotiki

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