Two airlifted to hospital after serious SH1 crash

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Two people have been airlifted to hospital following a serious crash which resulted in the closure of State Highway One, north of Oamaru yesterday.

The incident occurred about 11.30am at the intersection between SH1 and Richmond Rd, north of Pukeuri, when a front-end loader and campervan collided.

Both occupants of the campervan, a male and a female, sustained serious injuries and were flown to Dunedin Hospital by helicopter.

The driver of the front-end loader was uninjured.

Oamaru Police acting Sergeant Ross Lory said it appeared the front-end loader was turning into Richmond Rd and somehow both vehicles collided causing the campervan to roll a number of times.

Both occupants of the campervan were trapped and it took about an hour for them to be cut free, he said.

They were working on getting the road cleared yesterday afternoon before serious crash investigators attended the scene, Sergeant Lory said.

He wanted to emphasis the importance of being aware around farming equipment on the roads.

Two helicopters, two fire trucks, an ambulance, several police cars, three police officers and about 10 fire and ambulance staff attended the scene.

Traffic was being diverted around the scene on Ferry Rd to the north and onto State Highway 83 to the south until about 5.30pm when the section of road reopened.

Inquiries are continuing into the crash and anyone who witnessed the crash is encouraged to contact the Oamaru Police on 433 1400.

By RUBY HARFIELD

PHOTO: RUBY HARFIELD