A German tourist sustained serious injuries when the car she
was driving collided with a van south of Nelson this
The 73-year-old woman was airlifted by the Nelson Marlborough
Rescue Helicopter to Nelson Hospital following the head-on
crash on Korere-Tophouse Rd, south of Nelson about 1.10pm.
Two passengers from the van, a man and woman both aged 25,
suffered moderate injuries and were also airlifted to
Meanwhile, police say a car seat provided by a rental company
saved the life of a 3-year-old Australian tourist involved in
a crash in Waikato.
The accident, which happened last Thursday on State Highway
23 near Raglan, also left a 49-year-old Australian man
fighting for his life.
"The 49-year-old Sydney man, who was travelling as a front
seat passenger in the SUV, is now in a stable condition in a
ward in Waikato Hospital but the truly remarkable thing is
that, thanks to the boy being secured in an approved child
car restraint, the 3-year-old was able to be released from
hospital after four days," Inspector Marcus Lynam said.
When serious crash investigators reviewed the damage to the
vehicle, they wanted to highlight the importance of properly
installed car restraints for children.
"If you look at the images, there can be no doubt in anyone's
mind, that car seat saved the little boy's life," said Mr