Two in critical condition after Southland crash

Two people involved in a three-car crash that resulted in the death of a 56-year-old Chinese woman in northern Southland, remain in a critical condition.

The men - the 43-year-old Chinese driver of the vehicle in which the woman was killed and a 58- year-old passenger - were airlifted to Dunedin and Southland hospitals, respectively, on Sunday afternoon.

Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Bowman, of Invercargill CIB, said the serious crash unit had spent yesterday at the crash site and police were still talking to victims and witnesses.

Speed did not appear to be a factor but it looked like driver error was to blame for the crash, he said.

"It was a head-on, so one car has crossed the centre line."

Police were waiting for a final report on the crash and were still to talk to families before releasing the names of the people involved.

A 30-year-old Invercargill woman with moderate injuries was also taken to Southland Hospital.

Two occupants from a second car - a 32-year-old Invercargill man who was in serious condition and a 29-year-old Invercargill woman who was in a moderate to serious condition - were also taken to Southland Hospital.

The occupants of the third vehicle, a 42-year-old man and 39- year-old woman, both from Dunedin, were uninjured.

Bowman said he believed one person had been discharged while the others remained in hospital.

The Southland Times