Sunday, November 10, 2019

Aussie tourists killed in NZ car crash

Two Australian tourists have died after their rental car veered into an incoming truck yesterday. It is believed the pair had only just arrived into the country.

Image: Alden Williams/Stuff

The two women, both aged in their fifties, had arrived in Christchurch the morning of the crash and were driving south on a highway north of the Rakaia River when the tragic accident occurred, Stuff NZ reported.

After the impact, the truck careered across the road, ploughed through a fence and rolled onto its side near railway tracks.

While the truck driver was uninsured, seven others suffered minor injuries in the crash, four of whom were in another car that had been hit by debris.

Police are investigating, a spokesperson advising that they will be looking at fatigue as a possible cause of the crash.

A similar incident involving tourists occurred on the same highway in 2017, in which two tourists were killed when they crossed into oncoming traffic and collided head on with a ute. In that case, driver inattention and fatigue were possible factors.

According to the NZ Transport Agency's most recent statistics, from 2017, show overseas drivers were involved in only 23 of the 342 fatal crashes that year.

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