Serious crash on Southern Motorway

Emergency services at the crash scene. Photo James GunnFour people have been seriously injured in a collision on Dunedin's Southern Motorway tonight.

The crash occurred on the southbound lane just before 6pm, after a car entered the motorway in the wrong lane near Green Island, Senior Sergeant Brian Benn, of Dunedin, said.

''It appears a car heading north entered the southbound lane causing a head-on collision,'' Snr Sgt Benn said.

Three people from one vehicle and one person from the other were taken to Dunedin Hospital, he said.

Police later described their conditions as serious.

The crash was near the scene of a double fatality crash last month.

A diversion was in place through Green Island.



An Aussie observing

We have a total of just over 200,000 population in Otago (bugger all in reality, plenty of room for everybody), and,yes our roads need improving but this is happening albeit slowly, our council are pretty stingy buggers, but when pushed can get out of bed early to grit roads in winter, however all agree should try to be sorted before 8am rushhour and not after!

Yet for some reason (providing this is not a Tourist fault), I am starting  to think the Kiwis are simply really bad drivers!   A double carriageway means....two lanes, so keep to the left lane unless passing even if you are doing 100kmh should be taught to ALL Kiwis young and old, Another good rule for Kiwis is change to the right lane allowing vehicles to merge from onramps but then return when safe to the left lane again, You will get used to it. An onramp should merge with the highway like a zip.

Lastly, learn to obey the red signs, That's right, the real serious ones!  eg Stop!, Give Way! Wrong way go back!, which  is a really clever sign as it always hints the driver definately not this way mate.

Keen to hear other thoughts on this.[abridged]


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