Serious crash on Kaituna-Renwick bridge

00:03, Jan 22 2014
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Helping hands: Firefighters used cutting gear to free two men trapped in their cars after a crash on the Wairau River bridge near Renwick last night.

A Blenheim man was airlifted to Nelson Hospital's emergency department with "multi-trauma" injuries after a car crash near Renwick last night.

The man, in his 60s, was the sole occupant of a car that collided with another car on the Wairau River bridge about 6.30pm.

He was treated at the scene by Blenheim ambulance crews and the Nelson Marlborough rescue helicopter's intensive care paramedic for head, neck, shoulder, chest, abdominal and pelvic injuries.

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BRIDGE CRASH: A 60-year-old Blenheim man suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to hospital after a crash on the Kaituna-Renwick bridge.

The man was then flown to Nelson Hospital for further assessment and treament.

Both the man and the driver of the other car, a teenager heading towards Nelson, had to be cut from their vehicles.

The teenager suffered minor head injuries and was taken to Wairau Hospital by St John Ambulance.
Both men were in a stable condition this morning.

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The Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter

Blenheim Volunteer Fire Brigade deputy chief officer Dion Partridge said it appeared that the cars had collided head on.

Fire engines from Renwick and Blenheim were called to help, as two sets of cutting gear were needed to remove the men from their cars, Mr Partridge said.

The cars involved, a Honda sedan and a Subura station wagon, were badly damaged. State Highway 6 was closed until the accident scene was cleared. 

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