Driver airlifted after crash

A seriously injured motorist was flown to Dunedin Hospital by the Otago Regional Rescue Helicopter after a solo vehicle crash on the Lindis Pass-Tarras Rd at the weekend.

Tarras volunteer firefighters, police and St John Ambulance staff attended the Saturday evening crash, in which a car rolled on to its side at the Cluden Hill Summit, about 9km from Tarras.

Emergency services were alerted about 5.15pm and the injured person was apparently the driver and sole occupant.

A police spokesman said the road was briefly blocked by scattered debris immediately after the accident, and later part of the road, which is State Highway 8, was closed to enable the helicopter to land.

Two people were injured, including one who became stuck in a tree down an embankment, following a crash in Queenstown on Saturday night. A police spokesman said police were called at 8.27pm to the crash between a car and a motorcycle on Fernhill Rd. He said one person went off the road, down a bank, and became stuck in a tree. Two people were injured, he said. A St John spokeswoman said one person was taken to Lakes District Hospital by ambulance with moderate injuries.

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