Tourists hurt in head-on crash

21:11, Mar 19 2014
Dunedin crash
MANGLED METAL: The scene of a head-on crash near Makarora. Two tourists who were injured in the crash were airlifted to Dunedin Hospital. 

Two tourists were airlifted to Dunedin Hospital after a head-on crash north of Makarora.

Constable Greg Nolet, of Wanaka, said a man from Denmark and an Asian female, both in their mid-50s, suffered suspected fractures and seatbelt injuries in the crash about 6.30pm on Tuesday.

The man was driving a rental car when he crossed the centre line and collided with a car being driven in the opposite direction by a Haast woman, Mr Nolet said.

The woman was taken to Wanaka Medical Centre by ambulance and received treatment for seatbelt injuries.

Mr Nolet said Makarora, Wanaka and Hawea fire services responded to the crash as well as ambulances from Wanaka and Cromwell.

There were no tyre skid marks at the crash scene, he said. It was likely that charges would be laid against the Danish man.



The Southland Times