Couple cut from car

Emergency personnel treat a woman on a stretcher (at right) while the other heavily bandaged occupant is helped to an ambulance after a car crash north of Dunedin last night. Photo by Linda Robertson.
Emergency personnel treat a woman on a stretcher (at right) while the other heavily bandaged occupant is helped to an ambulance after a car crash north of Dunedin last night. Photo by Linda Robertson.

Two people were injured when a car crashed on State Highway 1, about 20km north of Dunedin last night.

The middle-aged couple were travelling south on the Northern Motorway towards Dunedin shortly after 8pm when their late-model small car crashed into a ditch, about 100m past the Donalds Hill Rd turn-off. Acting Senior Sergeant Ed Baker, of Dunedin, said the English couple were travelling from Christchurch to Dunedin.

Emergency services spent more than 30 minutes stabilising the pair and cutting them from the car. The woman was carried to an ambulance on a stretcher while the man, whose head was heavily bandaged, walked to an ambulance with the assistance of medical staff.

A St John spokesman said the man received minor injuries. The woman received moderate injuries.

The incident was attended by two units from the Willowbank and Waitati fire stations and two ambulances.

Traffic was delayed for about an hour.

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