Firefighters check a car after a crash on the Northern Motorway yesterday afternoon. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Two passengers flung from a crashed vehicle near Dunedin
yesterday are lucky to be alive, police say.
Emergency services were called to the Northern Motorway,
Leith Valley, following reports a Nissan Skyline had crashed
into a bank, just after 1pm.
It appeared the driver failed to slow down to a temporary
50kmh speed limit, and ''hit some metal at the open speed
limit and lost control and crashed into a bank'', Sergeant Ed
The two rear seat passengers were flung out the back window
in the impact, and it was ''incredibly lucky'' all four
occupants escaped with minor injuries.
Traffic was temporarily reduced to one lane to allow
emergency services to attend to patients and clear the road
The vehicle was badly damaged in the crash, he said.
While it was too early to say whether the driver would be
charged, inquiries into the crash were continuing, he said.
The crash served as a reminder for motorists to drive to the
designated speed limits, because ''they are there for a