Icy roads cause havoc
South Otago’s freezing conditions and icy roads led to multiple crashes last week.
Traffic came to a halt on State Highway 1 between Balclutha and Clinton on Friday, which followed on from an icy week elsewhere in the Clutha district, with a number of motor vehicle accidents reported, senior constable Tanya Grant of Balclutha said.
At Kaitangata, on Monday July 24, at about 1.36pm, a driver misjudged a tight lefthand bend and ended up in a drainage ditch. And at Clinton on Black Bridge Rd at about 9.10pm, a driver veered across the road and crashed into the bank opposite. Also near Clinton, on Wednesday July 24, at about 8.35am, a van hit black ice, with the driver losing control and crossing the centre line. The vehicle hit a clay bank then rolled over. It was a similar story for another van, which rolled after hitting an icy patch, on Friday morning near Whitiker Rd, on the Clinton highway.
And in Milton on Saturday, at about 11am, two vehicles collided at the intersection of Ossian St and Spenser St. In the same time frame, another vehicle rolled in icy conditions on Wangaloa Rd near Kaitangata, with one of the five occupants flown to Dunedin Hospital by helicopter.
Police also processed three people for driving with excess breath alcohol. They will appear at Dunedin District Court.
Icy conditions on State Highway 1 near Clinton on Friday.