Three hurt in campground crash

01:27, Mar 13 2014
Kaylene Herriot
Close call: Kaylene Herriot was watching TV when a car hurtled through the bushes metres away from her site at the Spring Creek Holiday Park.

A 19-year-old Nelson woman remains in hospital after the car she was in ploughed through a Marlborough camping ground.

Two other 19-year-old women were also injured in the crash.

The accident happened about 12.20am yesterday on Rapaura Rd/State Highway 62 in front of the Spring Creek Holiday Park.

Spring Creek Holiday Park
Spring Creek Holiday Park

Holiday park resident Kaylene Herriot was watching TV in her awning when she heard the sound of metal scraping on the road as a car hurtled through bushes bordering the campground.

"I could see the lights coming towards me," she said.

"I started screaming and then I went out and heard them screaming, too."


The three teens were trapped in a Mazda car, which had flipped onto its side and come to a stop lodged between trees and scrub.

The car had been heading toward the SH1 intersection in the 70kmh zone when it appeared the driver lost control on a bend.

Mrs Herriot's husband got a torch as a passerby began cutting the trees surrounding the car with a chainsaw.

Blenheim volunteer firefighters arrived at the scene and helped cut the teens from the car.

St John Marlborough territory manager Murray Neal said one of the women was flown to Wellington Hospital in a serious condition with chest and leg injuries.

A hospital spokesman said yesterday afternoon the woman was in a stable condition in the Intensive Care Unit.

The two other women were taken to Wairau Hospital, in Blenheim.

One was in a serious condition with head injuries while the other was in a moderate condition with multiple arm fractures.

A hospital spokeswoman said yesterday afternoon both were in a stable condition.

A police spokesman said the cause of the accident was being investigated by a serious crash investigator.

One of the women was from Blenheim and another was from the Nelson region, he said.

He did not know where the third woman was from.

The Marlborough Express