Police name people injured in Wanaka crash
Police have named the five people seriously injured in a collision near Wanaka.
Emergency services were called about 4.40pm on Wednesday to the crash in Cardrona Valley Rd, about 7 kilometres from Wanaka.
A Nissan Cefiro travelling north crossed the centre line and collided with a southbound Hyundai, Senior Sergeant Allan Grindell, of Wanaka, said.
"It looks like he's just popped out across the centre line. There are skid marks where he went over," he said.
The driver of the Nissan was James Bradley Creighton, 23, and his passenger was Andrew James Dryden, 19, both of Wanaka.
The driver of the Hyundai was Alice Catherine Scott-Jupp, 23, and two passengers were Laurel Littlejohn, 23, and Richard Michael Clark, 25, all of Queenstown.
All five remain in Dunedin Hospital with moderate injuries.
A Southern Ambulance Communications spokeswoman said five people were taken to the Wanaka Medical Centre on Wednesday and then flown to Dunedin Hospital by four helicopters.
A Fire Service spokesman said a van and three fire engines also raced to the scene, and crews helped remove two people who were trapped in the vehicles.
The road was closed for over three hours while emergency services retrieved patients and cleared the scene.
Grindell said it was now a "waiting game" to determine exactly how the crash occurred as police needed to speak to witnesses first.
Serious-crash investigators would check the vehicles and make inquiries, he said.
Wanaka police would like to talk to anyone who saw either vehicle travelling in Cardrona Valley Rd about 4.30pm.