Crash driver 'ran stop sign'

Police are yet to lay charges over a two-car crash which injured seven people near Geraldine on Wednesday.

All seven - a Temuka mother and daughter, and five students - needed hospital treatment, with two of the students flown to Christchurch Hospital by the Westpac Rescue Hospital.

Yesterday they were in a stable condition. A third student was also transferred to Christchurch.

One person remains in Timaru Hospital today.

Police have interviewed people involved in the crash and are continuing their investigations.


Police said a student driving a rental car caused a crash that injured seven people near the Canterbury town of Geraldine on Wednesday.

The car, carrying five students, failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Coach Rd and Winchester-Geraldine Rd about 7.30pm, Sergeant Geoff McCrostie said.

It collided with a vehicle in which a Temuka mother and daughter were travelling.

Occupants of the rental car were students, living in the North Island. The driver had a New Zealand driving licence.

Two people from the rental car, one with serious injuries and one with minor injuries, were flown to Christchurch Hospital by the Westpac rescue helicopter. Five patients from the two vehicles were taken to Timaru Hospital.

A South Canterbury District Health Board spokeswoman said one of those four, a male, was transferred to Christchurch yesterday. "He is in a satisfactory condition, but is being transferred for further treatment."

No condition updates would be released for those remaining in Timaru Hospital, she said.

Each of the patients flown to Christchurch were in a stable condition.

Geraldine Volunteer Fire Brigade chief Graeme Mould said one person, a woman, was extricated from her vehicle using the jaws of life.

McCrostie said all five occupants of the rental car were students.

Two Geraldine fire engines and one from Temuka attended the scene, along with three ambulances and police.

Mould said rescuers did an excellent job under the conditions.

"It was pretty busy there. The cars were extensively damaged. It's not the worst crash I've been to, but it was a big working job for everybody."


Temuka man Michael Hudson had an unpleasant case of deja vu after learning his partner and daughter had been involved in the serious crash.

They were two of seven people taken to hospital after the driver of another car failed to stop at a stop sign near Geraldine. 

Hudson's friend, Grant Roberts, was killed by a Chinese motorist in 2012.

Roberts' 10-year-old son, Sean, has since launched a campaign to prevent tourists from driving on New Zealand roads without sitting a test. He took his petition of 31,000 signatures to Parliament on Wednesday, two hours before the crash on the corner of Coach Rd and Winchester-Geraldine Rd.

Hudson's daughter sustained a broken wrist, while his partner suffered a serious knee injury.

He said he was surprised anyone survived the mangled wreck.

The Timaru Herald