A woman died and two people are in hospital in a critical
condition after a three-car crash on the Te Anau-Mossburn
Highway yesterday afternoon.
Eight people, including four Chinese tourists in one vehicle,
were involved in the 3.45pm crash, about 30 minutes north of
''It looks like two cars have crashed head-on and a third car
has clipped them,'' Inspector Lane Todd, of Invercargill,
said last night.
''But, we're still carrying out a forensic examination and
it's too early to know what occurred. We should have a better
idea in a couple of days.''
A 56-year-old Chinese woman died at the scene.
''We won't be releasing the deceased's name until we have
contacted her relatives in China.''
The 43-year-old driver of the vehicle was airlifted to
Dunedin Hospital in a critical condition and a 58-year-old
male passenger was taken to Southland Hospital in a critical
The fourth person in the vehicle, a 30-year-old woman, was
taken to Southland Hospital with moderate to serious
The occupants of a second car, a 32-year-old man and
29-year-old woman from Invercargill, were both admitted to
Southland Hospital in a serious condition.
The two occupants of the third vehicle, a 42-year-old man and
39-year-old woman from Dunedin, were uninjured, he said.
Earlier, Southern police communications Inspector Murray
Hurst said it appeared one car had crossed the centre line.
''There were two cars. One was on the wrong side of the road,
going up a hill,'' he said.
The crash was attended by three helicopters, police units
from Te Anau, Lumsden and Invercargill, fire and ambulance
crews from Te Anau, Lumsden and Mossburn and the serious
crash unit. Roads were closed between Mossburn and Te Anau
for about six hours while the crash scene was cleared.
The fatality brought the holiday road toll to four, after two
young children died in separate crashes in the North Island.
A child was killed yesterday when a vehicle carrying three
people crashed near Taumarunui.
An 11-month-old girl died in hospital on Saturday night after
a crash north of Wellington. She suffered serious injuries
when the car she was in rolled near Raumati South about 2pm.
Her mother was in a serious condition in hospital.
Their deaths prompted a call from police for parents to
ensure their children were properly restrained in vehicles.
Sandy Paul Waenga Brown (21), of Paua, died in a crash in Te
Kao on Christmas Day.
The official summer holiday road toll period started at 4pm
on Christmas Eve and ends at 6am on Friday. Six people died
on New Zealand roads during the same period last year.
- Additional reporting APNZ