Woman critical after head-on crash

JOELLE DALLY
Last updated 10:25 17/06/2014
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TOTALLED: Damage to a 62-year-old woman's car after a head-on crash in North Canterbury yesterday. She is on life support in Christchurch Hospital while next of kin are notified.

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A 62-year-old woman is on life support in hospital after a high-speed, head-on crash in North Canterbury. 

Police said it appeared one vehicle crossed the centre line on State Highway 7, between Hanmer Springs and Culverden, about 3.25pm yesterday. 

Police said both cars were travelling between 80km and 100km when they crashed about 1km north of the Leslie Hills Rd intersection.

The impact caused the woman's car to roll, and debris - including two car tyres - was strewn across the highway. 

An off-duty ambulance officer was first at the scene and gave medical care to the woman, police said.

Five Blenheim nurses, who were headed to a course in Christchurch, also stopped and helped both drivers. 

The 62-year-old woman was flown to Christchurch Hospital by Westpac rescue helicopter in a critical condition.

Police said today the woman's next of kin were being notified of her condition, which remained life-threatening. 

The 64-year-old man was taken to the Rotherham Medical Centre with minor injuries. He was later discharged. 

Both drivers were from the Tasman district. The woman was driving towards Hanmer Springs and the man was headed to Christchurch.

Serious crash investigators would assess the scene today.

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