Woman killed in Queenstown collision

One woman is dead and two other people have been seriously injured in a crash on Frankton Rd, Queenstown, yesterday afternoon.

It is the second serious crash on State Highway 6A in three days.

Emergency services were called to the scene in a 70kmh zone, about 100m down the Queenstown side of the intersection between Frankton and Hensman Rds, at 3.37pm.

It involved a motorcycle and two cars.

The two cars involved in yesterday’s fatal crash in Queenstown. Photo: Guy Williams
The two cars involved in yesterday’s fatal crash in Queenstown. Photo: Guy Williams
Otago Lakes-Central area road-policing manager Senior Sergeant Glenn Wilkinson confirmed the dead woman was driving one of the cars.

‘‘At this stage it would appear that one vehicle may have crossed the centre line, head-on into the traffic on the other side of the road.’’

The two other people involved, one of whom was seriously injured, were transported to Lakes District Hospital.

One lane of the road, closed for a time, was reopened by 4.45pm.

Frankton Rd was closed for four and a-half hours on Saturday after a three-car collision, at about 7.30am, at its intersection with Middleton Rd.

It occurred less than 2km from the site of yesterday’s crash.

Queenstown resident Lochana Kulasiri, who was trapped in his vehicle, was flown to Dunedin Hospital in critical condition, and underwent surgery.

Yesterday’s crash is the second road fatality in the Southern district this year.

Bailey Marie Carson (21), of Wreys Bush, died on January 2 when the car she was driving went off the road and hit a power pole on State Highway 96, near Winton.

-Additionally reported by Guy Williams

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