Wanaka sub-area commander Senior Sergeant Allan Grindell (left) and Constable Phil Vink talk to the occupants of two vehicles which crashed in separate incidents, just minutes apart, after striking black ice on the Crown Range Rd yesterday. Photo by Lucy Ibbotson.
Two vehicle crashes occurred within minutes, and metres, of
each other on the Crown Range Rd yesterday morning.
The accidents happened about 5km south of the Cardrona
village and resulted in no serious injuries to either of the
Wanaka sub-area commander Senior Sergeant Allan Grindell said
the first crash happened about 9.25am, when a Toyota
people-mover vehicle travelling from Queenstown to the
Cardrona skifield hit black ice and rolled into a culvert.
Two of its occupants - from an Australian family of four -
suffered minor cuts and bruises and the rear of the vehicle
was extensively damaged.
Just five minutes later, two Auckland-based British women
were travelling from Wanaka to Queenstown when their Mazda
van hit black ice and skidded for about 50m before hitting
the bank on the opposite side of the road.
Only minor damage was caused to the vehicle and the women
Snr Sgt Grindell said both motorists appeared to have been
driving at a ''responsible'' speed and the accidents were a
direct result of the treacherous conditions on a stretch of
road commonly referred to by some locals as ''the icebox''.
Police would take no further action in either case.
An ambulance and fire engine attended the crashes but were