A woman is dead and five others injured after a van rolled
some 30m down a bank onto train tracks in the central South
Island this morning, police say.
The vehicle left State Highway 73 between Cass and Bealey
Spur, south of Arthur's Pass, about 6am.
A police spokesman said the isolated location meant details
were scarce at the moment but he could confirm one woman had
The van, which was carrying six people, was thought to have
gone some 30m down a bank before coming to rest on railway
Three helicopters were sent from Christchurch and Greymouth
to ferry the injured to hospital.
A Canterbury District Healthboard spokeswoman said two of the
injured were in a critical condition and three were stable.
A Kiwirail spokeswoman said trains between Christchurch and
Greymouth had to be cancelled this morning and 130 passengers
were transported by bus instead.
The road was also closed this morning but police said it had