Ute seen crossing centre line, crash not wind-related: Police

The scene of a crash involving a light truck on State Highway 1 just north of Herbert on Sunday....
The scene of a crash involving a light truck on State Highway 1 just north of Herbert on Sunday. PHOTO: BARRY STEWART
Sunday's strong winds are not believed to have caused a two-vehicle crash near Herbert, that resulted in five people being flown to Dunedin Hospital, Oamaru police say.

Emergency services were called to the scene of a crash near Frew Rd, Herbert, at 12.17pm on Sunday.

Sergeant Blair Wilkinson, of Oamaru, said five people, a Dunedin family travelling in a Hyundai car, were flown to hospital by rescue helicopter. The parents’ and three young children’s injuries ranged from serious to moderate.

The male driver of the other vehicle, a courier ute towing a trailer, was taken to Oamaru Hospital by ambulance.

Sgt Wilkinson said the ute, travelling north, was witnessed crossing the centre line multiple times before crashing head-on with the Hyundai.

Despite strong winds throughout Otago on Sunday, police believed the crash was not weather-related, Sgt Wilkinson said.

Inquiries were continuing.


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