Kiwi driver, tourists in van crash

Last updated 19:14 20/02/2014

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Several Chinese tourists and their New Zealand driver were taken to hospital after a crash inland from Waimate yesterday.

The five visitors and their driver were travelling in the Hakataramea Valley, on State Highway 82, 25km southwest of Waimate, when the crash happened around 3.45pm.

Police say the van rolled, left the road and went through a fence near the intersection of SH82 and Waihuna Rd. The driver and two other passengers were airlifted to Dunedin Hospital by two rescue helicopters.

St John Ambulance said the two female patients had serious injuries while the male patient had moderate injuries. Two other female passengers and one male were transferred to Timaru Hospital by ambulance.

St Andrews constable Craig Hedges said the injuries were moderate but serious enough to require hospital treatment.

The van was the only vehicle involved in the incident. The circumstances of the crash had not been established. Waimate and St Andrews police as well as St John Ambulance, Waimate and Glenavy fire brigades attended the scene.

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- The Timaru Herald

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