Child having surgery after Queenstown crash

A seven-year-old child is having surgery in Dunedin Hospital today for injuries suffered in a head-on crash in Queenstown.

Sergeant Simon Matheson, of Queenstown, said the child was a rear-seat passenger in a vehicle that collided head-on with another about 9.20pm yesterday on the Kawarau Falls Bridge, on State Highway 6 between Frankton and the Kelvin Peninsula.

Sgt Matheson said the child was one of at least three occupants of one vehicle, all of whom were New Zealand citizens but from "out of town".

The child was initially taken to nearby Lakes District Hospital for assessment, and then flown to Dunedin.

The male driver of the other vehicle, a Wakatipu resident, sustained a bruised chest and stayed overnight in Lakes District Hospital for observation.

The crash was being investigated by the Serious Crash Unit, Sgt Matheson said.

"At this stage we have yet to speak to the drivers.''

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