Dunedin man finds parents' crashed car south of Murchison

Dunedin man Paul Le Comte found his parents' crashed car on the side of the road on the corner of Maruia Saddle Rd and ...
Paul Le Comte

Dunedin man Paul Le Comte found his parents' crashed car on the side of the road on the corner of Maruia Saddle Rd and Shenandoah Highway.

It's a worst nightmare scenario. Driving past a crash site, seeing an abandoned car, and realising it belongs to someone you love. 

Dunedin man Paul Le Comte was on a road trip to Picton with his family when he found his parents' car in a ditch on the Shenandoah Highway.

The crash happened on the corner of Maruia Saddle Rd and Shenandoah Highway.
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The crash happened on the corner of Maruia Saddle Rd and Shenandoah Highway.

Le Comte tweeted on Wednesday night that he came across his parents' car "crashed on the side of the road, a tree stopping the car from 100ft [30 metre] drop".

"They are both OK in Nelson Hospital. Their car a write off. I have dropped family at our Picton hotel & now heading to Nelson Hospital."

Police received reports of a car crashed over a bank on the corner of Maruia Saddle Rd and Shenandoah Highway 65 at 2:47pm on Wednesday.

St John Ambulance relief shift manager Debbie Clark said they brought a couple in the 70s to Nelson Hospital's emergency department with "very minor injuries".

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They were later discharged and Le Comte tweeted he got them a room at the Mercure Nelson, who were "pulling out all stops to look after them".

 - Stuff

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