A Nelson woman believed not to have been wearing a seat belt was badly hurt in a serious crash south of Seddon, St John Ambulance shift manager Kris Gagliardis says.
A car driven by a 16-year-old male was returning to Nelson from Kaikoura when it crashed and rolled on State Highway 1 south of Seddon about 2pm yesterday.
The car rolled several times, ending up on its roof, Mr Gagliardis said.
The 32-year-old woman, who was in the back seat, suffered serious head, arm, shoulder and leg injuries and was flown to Christchurch Hospital by the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter. She was in a stable condition there today.
The driver was taken to Wairau Hospital in Blenheim, where he was treated for moderate hand and facial injuries.
Rescue helicopter pilot Duncan Gourley said the weather conditions at the time were very poor, and the journey took 10 minutes longer than anticipated as a result.
The helicopter was almost unable to be dispatched but thankfully the weather cleared in Nelson, he said.
The woman had to be flown to Christchurch because the helicopter would not have been able to make it to Wellington, he said.
The woman was cut out of the vehicle by firefighters before the helicopter arrived.
Police said the cause of the accident was not yet known but conditions and visibility were poor at the time, with rain and strong winds.
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