Lucky escape for Taiwanese tourists

Police and ambulance staff inspect the site of a crash on the Queenstown-Glenorchy road this...
Police and ambulance staff inspect the site of a crash on the Queenstown-Glenorchy road this morning. Four Taiwanese tourists were uninjured in the crash, for which the driver has been charged with careless driving. Photo by Guy Williams

Queenstown police say four Taiwanese tourists whose camper van overturned near Queenstown this morning are lucky to have escaped injury.

Sergeant Keith Newell, of Queenstown, said the four were travelling towards Queenstown from Glenorchy when their rented vehicle crashed near Wilson Bay about 8.30am.

The 28-year-old male driver lost control and drove into a ditch on the left-hand side before over-correcting, causing the van to tip over and spin.

The driver, who suffered minor scratches to one arm, would be charged with careless driving.

The four were "very lucky'' to have avoided injury, Sgt Newell said.

The crash was witnessed by another driver, who called emergency services.

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