Head on crash

Last updated 07:02 10/03/2014
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Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter

Two cars collided at open road speed causing one to roll off the road into a field

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Two car accidents and a car fire kept Seddon and Ward emergency services busy yesterday afternoon.

Seddon chief fire officer Keiron Hebberd said all the incidents happened south of Seddon between noon and 4.30pm.

The latest call out was at 4.26pm to a head-on crash involving two cars on State Highway 1. 

A Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter spokesman said two car had collided at ‘‘open road speed’’ near Ward. 

One vehicle had rolled off the road into a field. 

The rescue helicopter had flown a man in his 60s to Nelson Hospital with spinal injuries as a result of the accident.

Mr Hebberd said tonight he did not have any further details of the crash, including whether anyone else was injured. 

Both Seddon and Ward fire services were called.

Police were also unavailable tonight to give details on the crash.

An earlier callout was to a car on fire at 2.28pm between Tetley Brook Rd and Blind River Rd. 

Mr Hebberd said he was unsure if any passengers were in the car at the time. 

The fire was out by the time Seddon firefighters arrived.

They had also attended a car crash at 12.21pm.

It is understood this involved a car landing on railway lines near Ward. 

Mr Hebberd said he was unsure of the exact location or if any passengers were injured, but he believed it was not a serious.

Trains were stopped until the car was cleared from near the tracks. The Coastal Pacific passenger train from Picton to Christchurch was delayed in Blenheim for more than an hour.

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- The Marlborough Express

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