A Greymouth family is in ruins following a road crash that
claimed the lives of a mother and her teenage son.
Police said the pair, who were travelling with a pre-school
boy believed to be 3-years-old, were travelling on
Taylorville Rd in Taylorville when their car went over a bank
and landed upside down in a creek.
Weather conditions at the time were wet, and the vehicle the
trio were in was travelling downhill into a bend, highway
patrol sergeant Dave Cross said.
The Greymouth woman, aged 43, and her 15-year-old son - who
attended the local high school - died as a result of the
crash, which occurred shortly before 11am.
The younger child was transported to Grey Base Hospital, but
is now believed to be at Christchurch Hospital.
Grey District mayor Tony Kokshoorn said locals would do their
best to support the family.
"He [15-year-old] went to the local high school here. It's a
small town and everyone feels for them.''
"It's going to be a terrible Christmas for them.''
A serious crash investigation is underway.