An elderly woman who drove the wrong way down a Wellington
highway was seriously injured in a three-car crash.
Five people were injured when the 82-year-old woman's
southbound car collided with northbound traffic on State
Highway 2 at Horokiwi, between Wellington and Lower Hutt,
about 11.40am today.
It was unclear whether the woman had driven the wrong way
down the Petone off-ramp or had entered the highway earlier,
Inspector Chris Tate of police central communications said.
The woman, who had to be rescued after she was trapped in her
car, was taken to Hutt Hospital with serious injuries.
Two people suffered moderate injuries and two others suffered
Mr Tate said both northbound lanes of the highway had
reopened to traffic this afternoon.
The roads in Wellington are slippery from showers and drizzle
overnight and this morning, after weeks without significant