Van crash injures eleven

Eleven people - including several Asian tourists - have suffered moderate to serious injuries in a road smash involving two vans in a remote location south of Taumarunui this afternoon.

Two people have been flown by Taranaki Rescue Helicopter to Waikato Hospital one is in a critical condition while the other is in a serious condition.

The crash involved a van carrying a local shearing gang and a van load of Asian tourists, mostly appearing to be aged in their 20s.

Some of the shocked tourists were escorted by a police van to Taumarunui

The injured all looked shocked as they either sat or lay at the accident scene which was just north of the Tokirima rail bridge on State Highway 43, about 30km southwest of Taumarunui.

As well as the two seriously injured, nine other people suffered moderate injuries and are being flown or taken by road ambulance to Taumaranui hospital where they will be assessed.

St John District Operation Manager Ian May said the two vans - with a total 21 people onboard - collided injuring 11 people just after 3pm..

Waikato Times