Family visits site of collision

The family of Chin-Yuan Chang (29), of Taiwan, who died after the vehicle he was driving collided with a courier van at the intersection of SH8B and SH6 in Cromwell last week, yesterday visited the intersection and held a special Buddhist ceremony.

Ting Ting Mo (25), of China, who was a back-seat passenger in the car, also died as a result of her injuries. She had been airlifted to Dunedin Hospital and died later that night.

Two other female passengers who were in the back seat are still in the intensive-care unit in Dunedin Hospital. One is in a critical condition, the other in a serious condition.

They are a 24-year-old Chinese woman and a 28-year-old Taiwanese woman.

A male passenger (24), of China, who was in the front seat of the car was treated at Dunstan Hospital in Clyde and discharged on Saturday.

Senior Constable John Chambers, of Cromwell, said the group were in a Subaru Legacy, turning right from SH8B on to SH6 when Mr Chang failed to give way to a courier van travelling south on SH6 from Wanaka.

The 25-year-old van driver from Cromwell was uninjured, but "understandably traumatised" by the incident.

Sergeant Reed, of Cromwell, said all occupants of the car were wearing seat belts and alcohol and speed were not factors in the accident.

Before this accident, the New Zealand Transport Association had been in the process of changing the speed limit from 100kph to 80kph for 300m either side of the intersection.

Snr Const Chambers said the new speed limit signs would be installed in the next couple of days.

 

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