A van and a four-wheel-drive vehicle sit stranded after
black ice caused a three-car pile-up on Gorge Rd yesterday.
Photo by Alistair Lynn.
Black ice after a severe frost yesterday morning created
chaos on Queenstown roads, causing two crashes during peak hour
traffic near Arthurs Point.
At 8.05am an electrician's work van, an NZSki ute and a third
car collided in Gorge Rd as the van hit black ice and slid
across the road before coming to rest in a ditch.
Sergeant Tracy Haggart said drivers and passengers received
''Traffic was delayed slightly; the road was taken down to
one lane to allow cars through.''
Less than an hour later, a delivery truck overturned at
8.45am near Atley Rd as the driver struggled to maintain
''A truck travelling towards Queenstown has slid on black
ice, the driver has had to correct to avoid an oncoming car,
which has resulted in the truck tipping over,'' Sgt Haggart
The driver received only a hand injury.
Roads around Arthurs Point are notorious for black ice during
''The area doesn't get a lot of sunshine so it is known for
ice when we do have extreme icy conditions.''
Grit trucks were constantly busy laying gravel on roads in
the area but drivers should always be wary.
''Its just the usual message,'' Sgt Haggart said.
''Just slow down when the weather is extremely cold in the
morning ... drive to the conditions and expect to find ice
and grit on the roads.''
- Alistair Lynn