A 63-year-old woman is reported to have died and four others of the same family seriously injured in an accident in Palmerston North on Friday, December 28.
As per initial police reports, emergency services were rushed to Palmerston North Airport area where a sedan and a four-wheel drive vehicle met an accident at an intersection.
The crash happened at near the intersection of Railway Rd and Roberts Line, Milson, about 12.35 p.m on Friday.
The family of five said to be on a Christmas, and New Year holiday from the city of Gurgaon, India met the accident- the eldest member of the family was pronounced dead at the scene by St John Ambulance.
The husband-wife and two children suffered serious and moderate injuries and are treated at a hospital in Palmerston North.
The names of the people involved in the incident are yet to be released by the police.
The Indian Weekender spoke to a male member of the family leading the tour in New Zealand, [Name withheld for privacy purposes] who mentioned that they had arrived in Auckland on Thursday, December 20 and planned to take a road trip of the North Island with the family and return back to India on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.
The family planned the travel from Auckland to Palmerston North, then to Rotorua, New Plymouth, Gisborne and further over 12-days. On the way to Palmerston North on Friday afternoon, the unfortunate accident happened.
The victim’s family and friends back in India gave the contact of an individual in New Zealand to assist and provide necessary help to the tourist family at their hour of distress.
Through the contact supplied, the tourist family came in touch with Bhartiya Samaj Charitable Trust in Auckland who are coordinating to provide necessary assistance to the family members involved in the accident in the host country.
Police crash unit is investigating the cause of the accident.
The member of the family involved in the accident said that they are contemplating whether to conduct the last rites of their elderly mother here or repatriate the body back to India.
More to come.