Holiday crashes in Canterbury
A 66-year-old man suffered serious injuries and had to be cut free from his car after he was "T-boned" by a ute that drove through a give way sign on a South Canterbury highway.
The driver of the ute walked away with barely a scratch, while the driver of the car he collided with was flown to Christchurch Hospital by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter in a serious condition yesterday morning.
The ute was travelling west on Arundel Belfield Rd and appears to have driven straight through a give way sign to cross over State Highway 79, near Geraldine, about 11am, Temuka Police constable Richard Pattie said.
Meanwhile, the injured driver, who was the sole occupant of his car, was heading north on the highway at the time of the collision.
"The ute went through the intersection and effectively T-boned the other vehicle. The impact was pretty big toward the rear of the driver's door," Pattie said.
Both vehicles were extensively damaged, but the driver of the ute had "no bumps or bruises" after the crash.
Police are investigating the incident and Pattie said it appeared, at this stage, that the driver of the ute was the offender.
"According to locals this is a dangerous intersection, but it is also very wide and open. I would have to put this [collision] down to human error at this stage," Pattie said.
St John ambulance attended the scene and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter flew the injured driver to Christchurch Hospital.
A Canterbury District Health Board spokeswoman said the 66-year-old man involved in the crash was in a stable condition this morning.The Press understands he suffered serious chest injuries.
Alcohol was not considered to be a factor in yesterday's crash.
A short time later, a cyclist suffered serious head injuries after being hit from behind by a car in Canterbury.
A police spokesman said the crash happened on State Highway 1, near the intersection of Grays Rd, near Amberley, about 12.45pm.
A Westpac Rescue Helicopter spokesman said they took a 59-year-old cyclist to Christchurch Hospital.
It appeared the man was hit from behind by the car, causing him to fly about 10 metres through the air, the spokesman said.
It was understood the man and his partner, who are from the North Island, were doing a cycle tour of the South Island.
The 59-year-old cyclist who was hit by a car yesterday remains in a serious but stable condition this morning, a Canterbury District Health Board spokeswoman said.
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