Tourist in fatal crash

A rented white mini-van carrying six of the Israeli tourists. Image / Westpac Rescue

An Israeli tourist has died in a crash in North Canterbury.

Liora Keren, 61, died when the van carrying her husband Lior Keren and four other fellow passengers on State Highway 1, near Greta Valley plummeted 40 metres from a clifftop.

Four of the passengers were rescued by Westpac helicopter and air-lifted from the cliff site – a kilometer south of the Hurinui bridge. Another was taken to Christchurch Hospital by ambulance with moderate injuries.

The group from Israel, aged in their fifties and sixties, were travelling together on an extended trip of New Zealand.

Police are investigating the accident. It is understood that the driver was not asleep at the wheel and there are no medical conditions attributed to yesterday’s accident.

Chabad Rabbi Mendy, an American Rabbi who now lives in New Zealand, flew to Christchurch today from Auckland to aid the Israeli tourists.

“Chabad is the first port of call,” he said, adding “it’s (Chabad) like a Jewish agency world-wide”.

Mendy is currently helping the Israeli tourists and confirms that one of the five has been discharged from Christchurch Hospital this morning. Two people remain in intensive care while two others are expected to make a full recovery.

The Israeli Embassy in Wellington is also assisting.

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