Five people were flown to Dunedin Hospital in a serious condition tonight after a car crossed the centre line and collided with another vehicle between Wanaka and Cardrona.
Emergency services were called about 4.40pm this afternoon to the crash scene in Cardrona Valley Rd, which was closed for about three hours following the crash.
Senior sergeant Allan Grindell, of Wanaka, said a Nissan Cefiro travelling north crossed the centre line and collided with a south bound Hyundai.
The Nissan contained two occupants and the other three.
Southern Ambulance Communications team manager Janet Taylor-Murphy said five people were taken to the Wanaka Medical Centre and then flown to Dunedin Hospital by four helicopters.
All five were in a serious condition.
Southern Fire Communications shift manager Karl Patterson said a van and three fire engines from Wanaka and Cromwell attended.
Fire staff helped remove two people who were trapped.
No other vehicles appeared to be involved.
Southern police communications shift manager Rick Jury said police were investigating.
Wanaka police were interested in talking with anyone who may have witnessed either vehicle travelling on Cardrona Valley Rd about 4.30pm.
- The Southland Times