29 Dec 2013

Road toll stands at four

10:00 pm on 29 December 2013

A Chinese tourist is dead following a crash in Te Anau on Sunday afternoon, bringing the official holiday road toll to four.

Three cars were involved in a crash just outside of Mossburn, heading towards Te Anau, at 3.45pm.

A police inspector from Invercargill, Lane Todd, says two of the cars collided head on, while the third was clipped as a result of the initial crash.

A 56-year-old woman was found dead at the scene.

Two of her companions are in a critical condition in hospital, while a 30-year-old woman is in a moderate condition in Southland Hospital.

All were tourists visiting from China and the police are now trying to contact their families.

The occupants of a second car, a man and woman from Invercargill, are in a serious condition in Southland Hospital. Mr Todd says the occupants of the third car were not hurt.

In Sunday afternoon's other fatal crash, a young child died near National Park.

Police say a car travelling north on State Highway Four between Owhango and National Park, crossed the centre line and crashed. Three people were in the car, including the child.

The toll also includes an 11 month-old baby who died after a crash at Raumati South, north of Wellington on Saturday.

The official holiday period began on 24 December and will end on 3 January.