Slippery roads lead to several accidents

A Chorus van hit a power pole in icy conditions in Glen Rd, Dunedin, at the weekend. Photo: Gregor Richardson
A Chorus van hit a power pole in icy conditions in Glen Rd, Dunedin, at the weekend. Photo: Gregor Richardson
Police urged motorists to drive to the conditions at the weekend after emergency services were stretched attending a string of vehicle crashes on icy roads in Dunedin on Saturday.

A police spokeswoman advised drivers to ''take extra care on the roads'' after the run of crashes, which was worst in the morning but extended into the afternoon. There were also others elsewhere in Otago.


- Video courtesy of Yuri Templeton-Wierda

A Chorus van displaying an L plate slid into a power pole, heavily damaging it, in Glen Rd, in icy conditions shortly after 9.30am, on Saturday, but no-one was hurt, emergency services said. A fire appliance from Lookout Point attended.

Among other accidents on Saturday, a car slid on ice about 9.45am at Pigeon Flat, on the Northern Motorway, apparently partly blocking the motorway.

A second vehicle then slid into the first, but no-one was hurt and one of the vehicles was towed away.

Another accident, apparently not weather-related, involved a car and a pedestrian in Vogel St, about 10.15am on Saturday.

The female pedestrian received a suspected ankle injury, believed to be minor, and was taken to Dunedin Hospital by St John ambulance, about 10.15am.

The occupants of a car escaped with only minor injuries when it crashed in slippery conditions on Blueskin Rd, Careys Bay, about 12.20pm, officials said.

A St John ambulance spokesman said the car's four occupants were assessed and treated at the scene but no-one needed to be taken to hospital.

Emergency services also attended a reported car roll-over on State Highway 1, at Te Houka, about 8km from Balclutha, at 11.18am on Saturday.

Ambulance staff checked a 22-year-old female occupant of the car, but hospital transport was not needed, a St John spokesman said.

 

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