Traffic on Dunedin's Northern Motorway passes crashed vehicles in the southbound lane, while emergency services work to help those involved, yesterday. Photo by GerardO'Brien.
A Dunedin man, trapped for 40 minutes in a crushed car, is in
hospital with serious injuries following a collision on the
Northern Motorway yesterday.
The man was the sole occupant of a station wagon which
collided with a rental van carrying six Chinese tourists,
including two children.
None of the tourists was seriously injured in the incident,
which occurred about 100m north of the Butlers overbridge on
State Highway 1, just before 1pm yesterday.
Police have yet to determine whether either driver was at
''We still haven't been able to speak properly with the
driver in hospital ... our inquiries are continuing,'' Acting
Sergeant Sam Ramsay said.
The vehicles ended up in the southbound lane and the motorway
Emergency services reopened the northbound lane about 1.15pm.
Acting Sgt Ramsay said the injured driver was trapped in the
station wagon for about 40 minutes, while fire crews worked
to free him.
He was taken by ambulance to Dunedin Hospital with ''moderate
to serious'' injuries.
Anyone who witnessed the collision but had yet to speak to
police was urged to call the central Dunedin police station