Tourist, locals injured in head-on collision

02:52, Jan 16 2013
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CRASH SCENE: Emergency services attend the scene of the accident on Korere Tophouse road near St Arnaud.

A 73-year-old German tourist has suffered serious injuries in a head-on crash on the Korere Tophouse road near St Arnaud southwest of Nelson.

The women, a passenger in a car, was flown to Nelson Hospital by the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter.

Two 25-year-olds from Nelson who were travelling in the van were also flown from the scene with minor injuries.

St John's Jon Leach, the helicopter's on-board intensive care paramedic, said the German tourist suffered multiple injuries.

Mr Leach said pretty significant speed was involved in the crash and the van and the car were "quite significantly damaged".

The accident happened near the Historic TopHouse hotel.


An intensive care nurse and paramedic who was passing the scene helped out until emergency services arrived.

A number of emergency services attended the scene including St Arnaud's Volunteer Rural Fire Force and volunteer fire fighters from Wakefield also attended.

St John's Tapawera's first response and police also went to the accident.