Heart attack causes campervan crash

ANNA WILLIAMS
Last updated 09:03 14/08/2014
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CLOSE CALL: A campervan crashed near Sinclair St in Blenheim yesterday after a heart attack caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle.

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A 75-year-old Christchurch man visiting Blenheim for a funeral was taken to hospital in a serious condition after he had a heart attack and crashed the campervan he was driving, police say.

Sergeant Julian Lewis, of Blenheim, said the man and his wife were heading back to Christchurch after attending a friend's funeral when he had a heart attack about 12.15pm yesterday.

The man lost control of the campervan as he was driving through the Alfred St/Sinclair St roundabout, causing it to crash through shrubbery and come to a stop just before the railway line.

A train due at 2.30pm was postponed after the front, left side panel of the van hung over the track, Lewis said.

The man was treated at the scene by St John ambulance paramedics and transported to Wairau Hospital in Blenheim.

A hospital spokeswoman said yesterday the man was in a stable condition in the High Dependency Unit.

Lewis said the man's wife was also taken to hospital and treated for shock.

About 10 minutes after the crash, a van driven by a 22-year-old Blenheim man crashed into the rear of a car on Sinclair St, Lewis said.

The driver of the car, a 60-year-old Blenheim man, received minor injuries and was treated at the scene by a paramedic. His car was extensively damaged.

It took about about 1 hours for a large crane to lift the campervan off the railway tracks and put it onto a large truck, Lewis said.

There were minor delays on the road but traffic was flowing the whole time, he said.

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