The two tourists killed in yesterday's horror crash at
Pelorus in Marlborough had only just met and were sharing a
ride, police say.
The driver and one rear passenger of the same vehicle, both
men, died after their vehicle collided with a ute on the
Pelorus bridge between Nelson and Blenheim yesterday.
One of the men was from Germany and the other was French.
A 25-year-old German woman, the front seat passenger and only
survivor of the other car, has a broken collar bone and
She told police the trio had only met recently and were
sharing a ride.
A 33-year-old Marlborough woman, the sole occupant of the
ute, received a broken ankle which will require surgery.
Both women are in Blenheim's Wairau Hospital in a stable
Senior Sergeant Peter Payne, of Marlborough, said it appeared
one of the vehicles had crossed the centre line.
He said conditions at the time were atrocious, with
torrential rain and low cloud.
Serious Crash investigators are on the scene today and police
are working to contact next of kin.
The two men will not be named until their identities are
confirmed and their families are contacted.