US tourists on wrong side of road

19:12, Nov 19 2012

A campervan carrying six tourists from the United States was on the wrong side of the road when it collided with a car north of Kaikoura on Sunday night, a firefighter says.

Kaikoura Volunteer Fire Brigade chief officer Ian Walker said it was lucky no-one was seriously injured in the crash, which happened on State Highway 1 just north of Waipapa Bay about 7.30pm.

The campervan had only just turned on to the highway on the wrong side, he said.

Two New Zealanders in the car were travelling north to catch the ferry in Picton.

Constable Tony Willetts, of Kaikoura, said the tourist driver "momentarily forgot" to drive on the left. The oncoming car was able to slow down before the two vehicles collided. No charges would be laid, he said.

A woman in the car suffered a gash to her head, which required medical treatment, but no-one suffered major injuries.

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