Firefighters help free a female passenger after the car she was in hit black ice yesterday. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
A couple were lucky to escape with only minor injuries after
their car lost control on black ice yesterday morning.
Emergency services were called to a serious crash on State
Highway 1 on the Evansdale side of the Kilmog, about 6.45am.
''It appears as though they have struck black ice, and as it
[the cat] was heading south it has veered off left and rolled
down into a ditch,'' constable Jon-Paul Tremain, of
The male driver was able to walk from the vehicle, his female
partner had to be cut out by firefighters as a precaution as
she ''was complaining of a sore neck''.
She was taken by ambulance to Dunedin Hospital with minor
injuries, he said.
''Any crash that we don't get somebody too badly hurt is a
He urged motorists to drive to conditions, and noted the
occupants from the crash had arrived on a flight from Sydney
before driving from Christchurch to Invercargill that
''Before you go on a long journey, make sure you have
adequate rest,'' he said.