Serious injury after car hits deer on motorway

A person was seriously injured after a vehicle collided with a deer on the Southern Motorway in Dunedin early yesterday.

A police spokeswoman said they were notified at 4.40am of a crash on the southbound outer lane of State Highway 1.

Police, Fire and Emergency New Zealand and St John attended the crash.

A Fenz spokesman said three appliances from Roslyn, Lookout Point and Mosgiel attended.

The deer was killed and ended up about 700m from the Saddle Hill off-ramp sign.

‘‘I have no idea what a deer would have been doing there,’’ he said.

The vehicle was heavily damaged as a result.

Stock control removed the dead animal.

Police were continuing inquiries into the incident.

A witness driving past the scene said he thought the car would be written off.

‘‘It appeared to have spun and crossed over the centre barrier.

A St John spokesman said a person was taken to Dunedin Hospital with serious injuries.

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