Otago Daily Times

Dou­ble im­pact

- RE­PORT: HAMISH MACLEAN / PHOTO: GERARD O’BRIEN Incidents · Accidents · Toyota · Toyota Motor Corporation · Ford BA Falcon · Toyota Auris

A po­lice of­fi­cer deals with the af­ter­math of an ac­ci­dent at the in­ter­sec­tion of Burns and Neville Sts af­ter a Ford Fal­con al­legedly crashed into a parked Toy­ota Blade out­side a South Dunedin car yard yes­ter­day about 2.30pm.

Auto Court owner Neil Cot­tle was in an of­fice up­stairs. He said he looked out ‘‘in­stantly’’ af­ter the crash and saw Auto Court’s Toy­ota ‘‘fly along the road’’ and smash into a lamp­post about 50m from the site of the ini­tial col­li­sion.

Mr Cot­tle did not see the ini­tial im­pact.

‘‘I heard it — a big bang,’’ Mr Cot­tle said.

‘‘There’s no brakes, there’s no skid marks even. He’s just driven into it.’’

He al­leged the driver of the Ford would have been ‘‘grossly ex­ceed­ing the speed limit’’ at the time of the crash, and said his Toy­ota had been badly dam­aged by the dou­ble im­pact.

‘‘Lucky there wasn’t a pedes­trian or some­one on the foot­path. They would have been killed,’’ he said.

A po­lice spokes­woman said there were no in­juries.

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