Three crashes reported in Wakatipu

Ice, grit and gravel were the causes of three car crashes in the Wakatipu between 6pm Monday and 8am yesterday.

Senior Constable Julian Cahill, of Queenstown, said the first incident, involving a 17-year-old male occurred at 6pm on Monday in almost the same spot as a car crash less than 24 hours earlier.

Snr Const Cahill said the teenager was driving towards Cromwell when he hit ice and grit just past the Crown Range Rd turn-off and lost control of the vehicle, which rolled on to its side.

The driver suffered minor injuries including bruising to his leg.

At 2.45am yesterday, police were called to a crash near the McChesney Creek Bridge at Arthurs Point after a male driver lost control on ice.

The vehicle hit a bank on the left side of the road and ''spun out'', but the driver was uninjured.

At 8.20am, a 51-year-old man had a lucky escape after losing control on gravel on Howards Dr in Lake Hayes Estate.

A police spokeswoman said the vehicle went across grass and ended up ''teetering on top of'' a 2m high retaining wall.

The driver was the sole occupant and was uninjured.

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