Horrified motorists rushed to the aid of four
seriously injured people after two cars collided head-on last
night in the southbound lane of Dunedin's Southern Motorway,
near Green Island.
Police say one of the vehicles was being driven by an elderly
Balclutha woman in the wrong direction in the southbound
lane, having entered the motorway at the Abbotsford exit on
Those first on the scene reassured the injured and called
Soon sirens could be heard as fire appliances from Roslyn,
Lookout Point and Willowbank, police and four ambulances plus
two paramedic vehicles, rushed to the accident shortly before
Two people, one from each vehicle, had to be cut from their
cars by the Fire Service.
Four people - a male, female and a 5-year-old boy from one
family, and the elderly woman from the other car - were taken
to Dunedin Hospital by ambulance with serious injuries.
The boy was in intensive care last night while the adults
suffered broken bones.
Southern District Command Centre deployment co-ordinator
Senior Sergeant Brian Benn said it was believed the woman had
driven from Balclutha yesterday.
The people in the other car, were a family from Mosgiel.
Police closed the southbound lanes of the motorway, diverting
traffic into Green Island. Northbound traffic was not
Dunedin man Jonathan Kemp was driving to Green Island to pick
up his son when he saw the vehicle heading the wrong way on
to the southbound lane of the motorway.
He saw the driver ahead of him make a phone call so continued
on, but coming back along the motorway was shocked to
discover there had been a crash.
Other drivers last night commented on the Otago Daily
Times' Facebook page how they had seen the driver going
the wrong way.
Robert Allum said he was on his way home when he saw the car
going slowly and he flashed his lights at it.
''I felt absolutely sick when I saw the ambulance go over
The accident occurred just metres away from where a brother
and sister were killed last month in a single-car crash.