The scene at Tuesday night's crash near Makarora. Photo by
The two people airlifted to Dunedin Hospital after their
car was involved in a head-on crash on State Highway 6 near
Makarora on Tuesday evening were tourists - a 57-year-old man
from Denmark and a 59-year-old woman from Hong Kong.
The sole occupant of the other car involved was a 54-year-old
woman from Haast, who was taken by ambulance to the Wanaka
Medical Centre to be checked. Constable Mike Thomas, of
Wanaka, told the Otago Daily Times yesterday police were
still investigating but it appeared one of the cars had
crossed the centre line.
The crash happened on a bend 15km north of Makarora in an
area without cellphone coverage.
The tourists' car ended up over a bank and one occupant was
trapped for a time.
A group of German and English trampers helped the occupants
of the crashed cars until emergency services arrived.
As well as police, two helicopters, three fire appliances and
two ambulances attended.
• Const Thomas said a 24-year-old Israeli was charged with
failing to stop at a stop sign after a crash between a car
and a courier van at the intersection of Brownston and
Helwick Sts, Wanaka, at 10.30am yesterday.