Crash scene 'a lot of chaos'

Levin woman dies in fatal crash

MATHEW GROCOTT AND BLAIR ENSOR
Last updated 12:00 17/12/2012
Car crash
WARWICK SMITH/ Fairfax NZ
TRAGIC: A 57-year-old woman died in a head-on car crash.

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An elderly Levin woman remains in Palmerston North Hospital with serious injuries following a car crash on State Highway 57 that killed her passenger.

A 56 year-old Levin woman was killed and six others injured in the three car collision at the intersection of Waihou Rd and State Highway 57, between Levin and Shannon, at the about 5.10pm on Sunday.

Levin Detective Sergeant Peter Vine said the crash happened when a south-bound Mitsubishi collided head-on with a north-bound Nissan.

The driver of a Mazda, travelling behind the Nissan, swerved to avoid the collision, but failed and ran into the Nissan.

Among those injured were two children, a six year-old, who suffered moderate injuries, and a nine year-old, who had minor injuries.

All except the 77 year-old driver of the Nissan have been released from hospital.

Hospital communications manager Dennis Geddis said she remains in a serious, but stable condition in the intensive care unit

The two occupants of the Mazda were from Palmerston North, and the three occupants of the Mitsubishi from Kapiti.

Part of the highway was closed for several hours while emergency services to investigated the collision and cleared the scene.

Vine said the woman’s name would not be released as her family were still being contacted.

AT THE SCENE

Several motorists witnessed the crash and police would be speaking to them in the coming days.

"Early indications are that one vehicle has crossed the centre line and effectively collided head-on with the victim's vehicle."

The crash occurred in dry, sunny conditions in a 100kmh zone.

"It was quite a lot of chaos when we arrived. There were bits of car strewn all over the road," said Levin deputy chief fire officer Carl Beissel

"The cars were severely damaged."

The south-bound car rolled during the crash.

With the holiday period approaching, police said the crash was a stark reminder for motorists to take care on the road.

Police ask motorists to take breaks during long trips, watch their speed and following distance, and to not drink and drive.

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