Woman in­jured in sin­gle­car crash

Otago Daily Times - - REGIONS - DANIEL BIRCH­FIELD daniel.birch­field@odt.co.nz

A 27­YEAR­OLD Dunedin woman was air­lifted to Dunedin Hos­pi­tal with se­ri­ous in­juries af­ter a sin­gle­ve­hi­cle crash on State High­way 1 north of Oamaru yes­ter­day.

Emer­gency ser­vices, in­clud­ing two fire ap­pli­ances from Gle­navy and Oamaru and two am­bu­lances from Wai­mate, at­tended the scene just south of the Waitaki Bridge about 10.15am.

Act­ing Sergeant Paul Alden, of Oamaru, said early in­di­ca­tions were the south­bound ve­hi­cle with two oc­cu­pants drifted off the road into a ditch be­fore it came to rest against a power pole.

No other ve­hi­cles were in­volved.

The woman was freed from the ve­hi­cle by fire­fight­ers us­ing the jaws of life and was in a sta­ble con­di­tion be­fore she was trans­ferred to Dunedin Hos­pi­tal, Act­ing Sgt Alden said.

The nature of her in­juries was not known.

The sec­ond oc­cu­pant, a man from Dunedin be­lieved to be in his late 20s, was not in­jured.

A dog in the ve­hi­cle was also un­in­jured.

The south­bound lane of the high­way was closed while fire­fight­ers worked to free the woman and the scene was as­sessed.

A crew from Net­work Waitaki at­tended the scene to as­sess the in­tegrity of the power pole, which was not dam­aged and the elec­tric­ity sup­ply was not af­fected.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the cause of the crash is con­tin­u­ing.

PHOTO: DANIEL BIRCH­FIELD

On the scene . . . Emer­gency ser­vices work to free a woman trapped in a ve­hi­cle af­ter a crash north of Oamaru yes­ter­day morn­ing.

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