Ice causes multiple car crashes
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.’’
Guardians of Lake Dunstan member Howard Anderson.