Al­co­hol of night be­fore still there

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS -

A head-on early morn­ing crash in the Kawaru Gorge served as a re­minder for people driv­ing af­ter drink­ing the night be­fore, po­lice say.

Emer­gency ser­vices, in­clud­ing three fire ap­pli­ances from Cromwell, at­tended a two-car crash near Cromwell at 9.52am on Satur­day.

Se­nior Sergeant Matt Scoles, of the South­ern District Com­mand Cen­tre, said a man and woman trav­el­ling in one ve­hi­cle were in­jured and trapped in their car for a short time.

The Otago res­cue he­li­copter took the pair to Dun­stan Hospi­tal. It was be­lieved the fe­male suf­fered a se­ri­ous head lac­er­a­tions. The road was blocked for a short time.

Scoles said the in­ci­dent was still be­ing in­ves­ti­gated but al­co­hol was likely a fac­tor in the crash. People needed to re­mem­ber al­co­hol took a long time to rid it­self from a per­son’s sys­tem, he said.

‘‘Any­one plan­ning to drive early in the morn­ing needs to be aware al­co­hol could still be present in your sys­tem from the night be­fore.’’

In an­other crash, about 6.30am on Satur­day, emer­gency ser­vices were called to a car that had rolled on the Gibb­ston High­way. St John Am­bu­lance spokesman Ian Hen­der­son said an am­bu­lance was sent to the scene. How­ever, a male pa­tient left be­fore they ar­rived and they were un­able to find him.

A po­lice spokesman said po­lice were mak­ing in­quiries with the reg­is­tered owner of the ve­hi­cle. No other in­for­ma­tion was avail­able.

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