The Otago Regional Rescue Helicopter attends the accident at the Cromwell entrance to the Kawarau Gorge this morning. Photo: Leith Huffadine
Alcohol is believed to be a factor in a collision between two
cars at the Cromwell end of the Kawarau Gorge this morning,
A male and female from one vehicle were airlifted to Dunstan
Hospital with ''reasonably serious'' injuries, Senior
Sergeant Matt Scoles said.
The pair were trapped in their vehicle for a period before
being cut free, he said.
Another female, the sole occupant of the other vehicle, was
taken to the Cromwell Medical Centre to be treated for shock,
but did not receive any injuries.
The road was closed at either end for periods as emergency
services worked at the scene, before being cleared and opened
Road conditions overnight in Central Otago had been described
as ''pretty good'', and it was not clear if driving
conditions were a factor.
It was not immediately clear in which direction the vehicles
had been travelling, but it was thought they collided
head-on, Snr Sgt Scoles said.
Inquiries were continuing.