Crash near Arthur's Pass

Last updated 17:24 24/12/2013

Relevant offers

Mid Canterbury Selwyn

Memorial for fallen climbers brings closure to families after over 50 years Missing Christchurch man found 'safe and well' Concern for missing Christchurch man Ashburton farmer completes icy ultra marathon Sefton secure Country premier cricket treble New Zealand's Invictus Games team goes hard ahead of international event Selwyn River is 'ground zero' for mismanagement of water says ECan councillor Lan Pham Mainland basks in warmth as summer conditions return Open fire season declared in Mid and South Canterbury SH1 reopens, warm weather is back in the South Island

A collision near Arthur's Pass does not appear to be as serious as first thought, police say.

Two rescue helicopters from Christchurch and Greymouth went to the scene of the two-car crash at Klondyke Corner, east of Arthur's Pass village.

But injuries from the crash did not appear to be as serious as first thought, police communications spokesman Inspector John Doherty said.

"We're still there, hoping to clear the road and get some traffic flowing fairly soon," he said.

NZCC Rescue Helicopter pilot Angus Taylor said he had flown a pregnant woman and her 2-year-old son, who had been involved in the accident, to Greymouth Hospital.

"[The son] had taken a bang to the head, but obviously it wasn't as serious as first thought," he said.

The accident had closed a stretch of State Highway 73, but it was partially reopened by 4:25pm.

The New Zealand Transport Association said one lane had been re-opened, and travellers should expect minor delays.

Ad Feedback

- The Press

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content