Black ice caused several motor vehicle crashes, cancelled and
delayed flights, and interrupted public bus services in
Rain overnight froze early and travellers had difficulty from
Dunedin police responded to five vehicle crashes in the 40
minutes to 7.20am, and seven in total before 9.30am.
The most serious involved a small truck in Brockville Rd,
which crashed into a lamp post at 6.40am.
Senior Sergeant Bruce Ross said the male driver of the truck,
believed to be in his 40s, was ejected from the vehicle and
taken to Dunedin Hospital with moderate injuries.
There was a second crash in Brockville Rd, as well as two
vehicle accidents in Brighton Rd and another in Kaikorai
A vehicle crashed on State Highway 87, about 2km from Outram,
at 9.30am and there was an earlier vehicle incident on SH1,
Snr Sgt Bruce Ross said there were no reports of serious
At Dunedin International Airport, three flights between
Dunedin and Christchurch were cancelled and others delayed
because of ice.
The Otago Regional Council stated on its website public bus
services throughout Dunedin had been delayed by icy road
Dunedin police used social media websites to warn motorists
of dangerous driving conditions and several Dunedin residents
commented, detailing locations of black ice.
Dunedin road policing manager Senior Sergeant Phil McDouall
said drivers setting out in the early morning in particular
needed to be extremely careful.
''There is a lot of ice around on these bright, frosty
mornings and it does require drivers to be patient. Drive
very slowly and where possible use main routes in the city
that are gritted,'' he said.
Winter driving tips
• Drive to conditions.
• Allow greater following distances.
• Obey emergency road signs and barriers.
• Follow directions of police and other authorised
• Avoid towing in icy conditions.