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.

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