Bad facial injuries from 40m plunge

PHOTO: GUY WILLIAMS
PHOTO: GUY WILLIAMS
An Australian man has suffered serious facial injuries after crashing off the Gibbston Highway near Queenstown early yesterday.

Sergeant Keith Newell, of Queenstown, said the 32-year-old's rental car plunged about 40m down a steep bank after leaving the road about midnight.

The man flagged down a passing vehicle about 5.30am. After being taken to Lakes District Hospital by ambulance, he was airlifted to Dunedin Hospital in a stable condition.

Sgt Newell said the cause of the crash was unknown as the man's injuries were so severe he was unable to speak. Police estimated the time of the crash after hearing from a third party.

''He was expected somewhere but didn't show up,'' Sgt Newell said.

PHOTO: GUY WILLIAMS

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