Crash kills woman in Central Otago

Last updated 17:28 29/07/2013

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A woman has been killed instantly in a head-on collision in Central Otago this afternoon.

Police said the 23-year-old foreign national, who was living in Wanaka, died when the Toyota Caldina station wagon she was driving collided with a Holden Captiva four-wheel-drive.

The crash happened about 12.50pm on State Highway 8 at Butchers Dam, about 5 kilometres south of Alexandr.

The woman's 22-year-old female passenger was taken to Dunstan Hospital with moderate injuries after being cut free from the wreckage by the Fire Service.

The driver of the Captiva, a 62-year-old Cromwell man, also had to be cut free by the Fire Service. He too was being treated at Dunstan Hospital for moderate injuries.

Police said road conditions were dry, the weather was fine and visibility good at the time of the crash.

"Preliminary inquiries suggest that speed and alcohol were not factors in causing the crash. The initial scene examination indicates that one of the vehicles has crossed into the path of the other vehicle."

The serious crash unit was investigating.

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