Five remain hospitalised after crash

22:37, Jul 24 2013
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MULTIPLE INJURIES: The scene of the two-car crash on the Cardrona Valley Rd between Wanaka and Cardrona.

Five people seriously injured in a collision near Wanaka remain in hospital.

Emergency services were called about 4.40pm yesterday to the crash in Cardrona Valley Rd, about 7 kilometres from Wanaka.

A Nissan Cefiro travelling north crossed the centre line and collided with a southbound Hyundai, Senior Sergeant Allan Grindell, of Wanaka, said.

"It looks like he's just popped out across the centre line. There are skid marks where he went over," he said.

The two male occupants of the Nissan, aged 23 and 19, and three occupants of the Hyundai, two females both aged 23 and a 25-year-old male, suffered serious injuries.

A Southern Ambulance Communications spokeswoman said five people were taken to the Wanaka Medical Centre last night and then flown to Dunedin Hospital by four helicopters.

A Fire Service spokesman said a van and three fire engines also raced to the scene, and crews helped remove two people who were trapped in the vehicles.

The road was closed until 7.45pm while emergency services retrieved patients and cleared the scene.

Grindell said it was now a "waiting game" to determine exactly how the crash occurred as police needed to speak to witnesses first.

Serious-crash investigators would check the vehicles and make inquiries, he said.

Wanaka police would like to talk to anyone who saw either vehicle travelling in Cardrona Valley Rd about 4.30pm.