Tourists first to fatal crash

01:10, Oct 03 2012
CRASH SCENE: The wreckage of a vehicle involved in a fatal collision on SH6 between Havelock and Canvastown.

Spanish doctors travelling in a campervan helped save one life, but were unable to save another when they performed emergency first aid at the scene of a horror car crash in Marlborough.

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Police say alcohol played a part in a fatal car accident near Havelock, last night, where a Mercedes crashed into a bank.  

Detective David Woodley, of Blenheim, said the tourists, an anaesthetist woman, and a neurologist man, were the first on the scene and performed CPR on the passengers.

A 58-year-old Canvastown man died of his injuries after CPR was unsuccessful, police said.

It was understood he wasn't wearing a seatbelt when the car crashed on State Highway 6, between Canvastown and Havelock, at 5.55pm. He was thrown from the car.

The tourists also worked on another passenger, a 60-year-old Picton man, who was later airlifted to Nelson Hospital with serious injuries by the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter. A hospital spokeswoman said this morning the man was in a stable condition.

The driver, a 43 year old local woman, was not hurt.

The doctors live in Madrid and were on holiday in New Zealand, Woodley said. Havelock chief fire officer Alan Stanford said the two doctors were already working on the patients when Havelock volunteer firefighters arrived.

Firefighters assisted the doctors' with CPR, secured the scene and diverted traffic. They left about 10.30pm after the Serious Crash Unit investigated the crash site, Stanford said.

Police released a statement saying they were investigating the cause of the crash, but alcohol was a factor.   It was understood the car was travelling from Havelock towards Nelson.

The Serious Crash Unit will continue investigating the cause of the accident and the death has been referred to the Coroner's Office.


The Nelson Mail