Crash driver fighting for her life
A young woman seriously injured in a head-on smash south of Christchurch has had surgery, but remains in a life-threatening condition.
Emergency services were called to the crash between a car and a car-transporting truck at the intersection of State Highway 1 and Breadings Rd, just north of the Rakaia River Bridge, about 7.40am today.
Sergeant Chris Jones said it appeared a southbound car driven by a 23-year-old Ashburton woman had crossed the centre-line on a moderate bend and collided head-on with the truck.
The woman was trapped in her car, which was substantially damaged. Firefighters had to use cutting equipment to free her.
She was flown by the Westpac rescue helicopter to Christchurch Hospital, where she remains in a critical condition after surgery.
The truck driver was not injured but "obviously extremely shaken by the whole event", Jones said.
The woman driving the car was not overtaking at the time of the crash and speed and alcohol were not considered factors, he said.
"There's no evidence of [her] losing control. We have no idea at the moment why she's crossed the centre-line."
SH1 was closed for four hours and diversions put in place after the crash. A southbound train was also stopped to allow the rescue helicopter to land.
The police's serious crash unit is investigating.