POLICE are warning rugby fans to rest before travelling after a campervan carrying three fatigued Lions fans was involved in a head-on collision with a car, leaving the other driver in a critical condition.
Police say the tourists were just off a long-haul flight from Britain and the campervan appeared to have crossed the centreline. The crash happened on State Highway 1, 10 kilometres south of Cambridge about 7.40pm on Thursday. The campervan collided with a northbound car driven by an 18 year old woman. She is in Waikato hospital in a critical condition.
The campervan was carrying three male Lions supporters, who were travelling to Wellington. One is in Waikato Hospital with leg injuries.
Waikato police said fatigue appeared to have been a major factor in the crash.
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