Fellow motorists help the occupants of the two cars after
the crash. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
Dunedin police say they know why an elderly driver ended
up driving the wrong way on a Dunedin motorway this week, but
cannot say while the investigation continues.
The 90-year-old Balclutha woman entered the Southern Motorway
via the Abbotsford exit at Westland St and drove more than a
kilometre the wrong way before her vehicle collided head-on
with another vehicle about 6pm on Sunday.
Dunedin road policing manager Senior Sergeant Phil McDouall
confirmed the woman had her full licence.
She remained in Dunedin Hospital with extensive fractures and
faced a ''long and unclear journey to recovery''.
He said the three people in the other car also remained in
hospital, all in a stable condition.
The adult male driver suffered a serious leg injury, his
adult female passenger a broken collarbone and a broken arm
and her 5-year-old niece required surgery for internal
The serious crash unit is investigating.