God knows how many more, but the general view must be there are “too many” of them to worry about a few (!)
At least 4 more people were killed on South Island roads in less than a day.
Police have revealed only three of the fatal crashes on South Island roads in less than one day.
In the first of the three reported fatal crashes, two people believed to be Chinese and Taiwanese nationals were killed on State Highway 6 near Cromwell and two others were critically injured.
[NZ media do NOT follow up on the fate of victims that are critically injured in car crashes.]
The first victim was the driver of the sedan, a 29-year-old believed to be a Chinese national, who had been working in the Cromwell area, died at the scene.
The second victim was one of the passengers travelling in the same car who received critical injuries and was rushed to Dunedin Hospital. She died shortly after the collision in Cromwell, Central Otago, last night. She too is believed to be a Chinese national.
A witness to the a crash described the scene as “carnage”. Emergency services were called to the corner of State Highway 6 and State Highway 8B, on the outskirts of Cromwell, about 5.45pm after a sedan and courier van collided.
The driver of the sedan, a 29-year-old who had been working in the Cromwell area, died at the scene, while other occupants suffered critical and serious injuries.
“It didn’t look good; the car is not in a good way,” the witness said.
Ambulance Communications spokespeople said three helicopters were called to the scene, two from Dunedin and one from Queenstown, and were used to transport three people to Dunedin Hospital.
The other passenger was taken by ambulance to Dunstan Hospital, and the driver of the van had minor injuries.
“It is extremely serious,” an ambulance spokeswoman said.
Cromwell chief fire officer Steve Shaw said the sedan had its roof cut off because one person was trapped.
It appeared the van T-boned the sedan and the number of people seriously injured inside made it difficult for emergency services, he said.
“It was hard for the guys, but they did a fantastic job,” he said.
It is understood at least two of the car’s occupants were Chinese.
Shaw said crashes were common at that intersection and it needed to be reviewed.
“Because you are pulling across a main road, you just have to look. You have to be pretty attentive there,” he said.
Friends of the victims, also from China, who arrived at the scene after the crash said the people travelling in the car had been living in New Zealand and working at an orchard nearby. […]
[Crash No. 2] A truck driver died when his truck rolled north of Christchurch today, the third fatal crash on South Island roads in a day.
[Crash No. 3] This morning, a person died and another was injured after a car crashed into a power pole near Tussock Creek in Southland. http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/6250530/Carnage-on-South-Island-roads
The two tourists/seasonal workers were the 2,326th – 2,327th foreigners to be murdered/ killed in New Zealand since January 2000.