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Five SIA crew members hurt in New Zealand car accident

Five Singapore Airlines (SIA) crew members were involved in a car crash in New Zealand on Wednesday.

The group was in a car travelling westward on the outskirts of Christchurch.

The vehicle crashed into a northbound trailer at a cross-junction at 10.40am, reported The New Zealand Herald.

Area commander of the New Zealand Fire Service Dave Berry said: "Two people were trapped and have been extricated."

Serious injuries​

A Canterbury police spokesman​ said: "Five ambulances and three response vehicles responded to the incident."

All five crew members were taken to hospital, with two of them - chief steward Chew Weng Wai and stewardess Vanessa Coehlo - sustaining serious injuries​, reported The Straits Times.

A hospital spokesman told the paper: "The male patient is in a critical condition in intensive care and the female is comfortable in a general ward."

A Singapore Airlines spokesman said: "Our immediate concern is for the welfare of our staff and we shall accord them and their families the highest standard of care and assistance, which is practicable."

Sources: The Straits Times, The New Zealand Herald

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