The occupants of a car flattened by a container truck walked
away from the squashed wreck in Marlborough yesterday, but
the driver of a second, slightly damaged car had to be cut
from the wreckage.
Two cars and a truck/trailer unit collided about 11.30am on
SH6 near Rai, on the Nelson-Picton road. The truck tipped
over and crushed both cars.
The back car, occupied by two Argentine tourists, was crushed
so badly it was only as high as its doors.
Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter base manager and pilot
Tim Douglas-Clifford told the Herald it was a "phenomenal"
"It's just miraculous. Nobody can believe it, everyone
expected worse. The tourists, they had no injuries at all.
It's incredible, it's miraculous actually, that nobody got
more seriously hurt."
A Blenheim woman aged in her 60s was cut from her vehicle by
the Fire Service, and airlifted by Mr Douglas-Clifford and
his crew to Wairau Hospital in a moderate to serious
condition with suspected spinal injuries.
Her passenger, a man in his 70s, was also flown to the
hospital for further assessment and treatment.
- Morgan Tait and APNZ