Black ice after a ''late freeze'' caused several crashes in
the Queenstown Lakes region yesterday.
Two of them occurred near Arrowtown, one resulting in a local
man being taken to hospital.
The other was on the Crown Range road.
Sergeant Steve Watt, of Queenstown police, said a 41-year-old
Arrowtown man was taken to Lakes District Hospital for checks
after rolling his car near the intersection of Malaghans Rd
and Coronet Peak View Rd at about 8.30am.
The man was travelling to Queenstown when he lost control
after hitting black ice on a bend.
The vehicle hit a bank on the other side of the road, causing
it to roll and crash through a farmer's fence, Sgt Watt said.
The man, who remained in his vehicle until emergency services
arrived, was taken to hospital after complaining of neck and
The driver of a following car who stopped at the scene told
police her vehicle also slipped on ice on the same bend, but
she managed to regain control.
The black ice had formed about 8am after overnight rain, Sgt
A resident of the nearby Millbrook estate was unhurt after
her vehicle slid on ice and hit a block wall beside a road
within the estate.
Also, a minor single-vehicle accident occurred about 8.30am
near the area known as ''the icebox'' on the Crown Range
There were no injuries in the crash, which was attended by