Tourists lucky to be alive

00:06, Dec 17 2013
Crushed by a truck
A woman is taken to hospital after a truck overturned and crushed two cars on State Highway 6.
Crushed by a truck
Tourists from Argentina Carrosco Matios and Carrosco Agustin with their car that was involved in a two car crash with a truck in the Collins Valley between Nelson and Rai Valley.
Crushed by a truck
The men managed to free themselves, but a Blenheim woman had to be cut from another car that was crushed by the unit.
Crushed by a truck
The truck crushed two cars as it rolled.
Crushed by a truck
Rescuers said the two men were extremely fortunate to escape serious injury.
Crushed by a truck
Tourists from Argentina Matias Carrosco and Agustin Carrosco with their car that was involved in a two car crash with a truck in the Collins Valley between Nelson and Rai Valley.
Crushed by a truck
The pair returned to their crushed vehicle to retrieve what possessions they could.

Two Argentinian men had a lucky escape after a truck carrying a container crushed their car.

Details of the accident on State Highway 6 at Collins Valley, between Rai Valley and Nelson at about 11.30am remain unclear, but the truck came to rest on its side, crushing the back of the Argentinian's car

The men managed to free themselves, but a Blenheim woman in her sixties, an occupant of another car that also collided with the truck, had to be cut free by firefighters.

Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter
CRASH SCENE: An aerial view shows emergency workers attending the scene of the crash which closed State Highway 6 this morning.

She was treated at the scene before she and a passenger were flown to Wairau Hospital by the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter, and 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.

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