Ice causes mul­ti­ple car crashes

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Three crashes on Sun­day on Cen­tral Otago roads have prompted warn­ings from po­lice about win­ter driv­ing.

Two peo­ple es­caped in­jury when the car they were trav­el­ling in hit black ice in the Kawa­rau Gorge about 10.45pm.

A 26-year-old Dunedin driver ‘‘lost con­trol’’ and rolled the car.

It came to rest on its roof in dense bush, a po­lice spokes­woman said.

Two sep­a­rate crashes oc­curred about the same time on State High­way 6 near the pass­ing lane af­ter the Vic­to­ria Bridge, she said.

Those crashes were also non­in­jury.

About 9.50am, fire­fight­ers and an am­bu­lance were called to a crash on the Crown Range Rd near Ar­row­town.

The car rolled with two peo­ple in­side but both es­caped se­ri­ous in­jury, the spokes­woman said.

Po­lice re­minded driv­ers to ‘‘think’’ be­fore they drove.

Watch­ing speed, stop­ping dis­tance and be­ing mind­ful of snow and ice was im­por­tant.

‘‘When clear skies fol­low a day of rain, mois­ture freezes and cre­ates a high prob­a­bil­ity of black ice on our roads ... and should be treated with care by mo­torists.’’

JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

Guardians of Lake Dun­stan mem­ber Howard An­der­son.

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