Tourists injured as car crashes off bridge
Two tourists suffered moderate injuries when the car they were in plunged off a Canterbury bridge.
The crash off the Bealey Bridge, east of Arthur's Pass, happened about noon yesterday, a Westpac rescue helicopter spokesman said.
A group of tourists, which had arrived in Christchurch a day or two earlier, was heading to the West Coast when the crash occurred.
The occupants managed to free themselves from the car, which had fortunately landed on its side rather than the roof, the spokesman said.
A man and woman suffered moderate head and back injuries and were flown to Christchurch Hospital.
The others were unharmed, but it could have been dire, the spokesman said.
"Any further along the bridge could've been a very different outcome because of the river,'' he said.
''They may not have got out in time before the water filled in."
A motorist stopped to assist but had to leave the area to get cellphone coverage to alert emergency services.
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