Two Argentinian men have had a lucky escape after a truck carrying a container crushed their car.
The smash happened about 11.30 on State Highway 6 at Collins Valley, between Rai Valley and Nelson, but just how the truck came to rest on its side, crushing the back of the Argentinians' car, remains unclear.
The men managed to free themselves, but a Blenheim woman had to be cut from another car that was crushed by the unit.
She was treated at the scene before she and a passenger were flown to Wairau Hospital by the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter. Their condition was not yet known.
Rescuers said the two men were extremely fortunate to escape serious injury. The pair returned to their crushed vehicle to retrieve what possessions they could.
The road between Rai Valley and the bottom of the Whangamoa Saddle was closed while the helicopter landed at the scene. One lane was later opened, but delays were expected.
- The Nelson Mail