Serious injuries after vehicles collide

19:03, Dec 20 2012

Two 18-year-olds, one with serious spinal injuries, were taken to hospital last night after a car crash near Wallacetown.

Invercargill Senior Sergeant Maggie Windle said the crash happened around 6pm on the Isla Bank-Flints Bush Rd.

A Nissan Navara turning into a driveway had collided with a Mazda Lantis, she said.

A woman who was in the Mazda, and a man believed to be the driver of the Nissan, were injured, she said.

St John ambulance spokeswoman Alena Lynch said the woman had suffered serious spinal and leg injuries, while the man had moderate injuries. "They were trapped for quite a long time," she said. "At least an hour." The woman was flown to hospital and the man taken by road ambulance, she said.

Firefighters from Thornbury and Otautau attended the scene.

One person was trapped and had to be cut out of the vehicle, he said.

Ms Windle said police inquiries were continuing last night.

alex.fensome@stl.co.nz

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