Two injured when van and car collide

ALEX FENSOME
Last updated 05:00 20/09/2012

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Two people were taken to hospital with serious injuries after a car crash near Invercargill yesterday afternoon.

The collision happened about 12.30pm at an intersection near the corner of Mill Rd south and Oteramika Rd.

Sergeant Dave Kennelly said a man was in a commercial Toyota white van, and a woman was in a black Suzuki hatchback.

Both were middle aged, he said.

The intersection is controlled by stop signs, but the cause of the crash had not been determined because police had yet to interview both drivers, he said.

Mr Kennelly said the intersection was not one of the "dirty dozen" in a road safety campaign, but there had been fatalities there.

Firefighters at the scene said it appeared a white van and a black estate car had collided after one did not stop at the intersection, but it was not clear who was at fault.

The van ended up off the road, while the car appeared to have smashed into a concrete power pole.

The man driving the white van was flung through the windscreen by the impact and suffered serious injuries.

The woman driving the black car was cut free of the wreckage by fire crews and taken to hospital, also with serious injuries.

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