Two die in plunge, car fails to take bend
Two people are dead after a car crash on the Hakataramea Highway, near Waihao Forks.
Two others were taken to Timaru Hospital but police could not reveal any further details yesterday about the seriousness of their conditions.
It is believed a 21-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman died in the single-vehicle crash. Acting Sergeant Bryan Ennis said police were working to notify next of kin.
It is thought neither of the victims was wearing a safety belt.
Speed and alcohol are understood to have been contributing factors. Mr Ennis said the car the victims were travelling in, a Nissan Primera, failed to take a moderate lefthand bend on the winding road about 8 kilometres from the Waihao Forks Hotel.
"It looks like they've gone straight ahead at that point and straight into the gully."
Mr Ennis said he "assumed" the car was travelling south.
He could not confirm exactly when the crash happened.
"All I can say is overnight [Saturday]. I have no time frames.
"I believe one person had to walk a kilometre or two to raise the alarm."
Thick drizzle fell as police worked to clear the scene throughout yesterday.
The fire service, St John Ambulance and police from Waimate and Timaru all went to the scene.
Mr Ennis said no more information would be released until next of kin had been notified.
Police were also called to Pit Rd, near Rangitata, on Saturday morning following a firearms incident.
"We were called out there for information received [about] a domestic," Mr Ennis said.
No arrests had been made but inquiries were continuing, he said.
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