Otago Daily Times

Ducks rea­son for ac­ci­dent

- Fires · Incidents · Accidents · Disasters · Wanaka · New Zealand · Dunedin · Wanaka Airport

A mother duck and her duck­lings were be­hind a se­ri­ous crash near Wanaka Air­port on Thurs­day even­ing.

Lug­gate Vol­un­teer Fire Brigade chief fire of­fi­cer Rod An­der­son, who at­tended the crash on State High­way 6 at about 4pm, said yes­ter­day one car, head­ing in the direction of Cromwell, stopped for the ducks while they crossed the road.

A sec­ond car crashed into the rear of the stopped ve­hi­cle and then veered into the path of a third car, a rental car trav­el­ling to Wanaka.

St John New Zealand com­mu­ni­ca­tions ad­viser Ger­ard Camp­bell said one pa­tient with se­ri­ous in­juries and one with mod­er­ate in­juries were taken to Dunedin Hos­pi­tal by he­li­copter.

The high­way was closed for about three hours.

‘‘It was very, very lucky no­one was killed,’’ Mr An­der­son said.

It was the sec­ond time in the last two or three months when ducks and duck­lings had caused a crash in his area.

Pre­vi­ously, a car which stopped for ducks near Queens­berry was hit by a light truck.

No­one was in­jured on that oc­ca­sion.


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