Person seriously hurt in Southland crash


A person as been seriously injured after a single-vehicle crash in Southland.

Police said the incident happened on the Ohai-Clifden Highway, between Orawia-Pukemaori Rd and Wyeth Rd, in Orawia this morning.

Fire and Emergency were first on the scene after receiving a call about a car that had left the road and informed St John at 10.25am that medical aid would be needed.

It is understood that two people were in the car.

A spokesperson said two fire appliances were sent to the scene, one from Otautau and one from Tuatapere.

No-one was trapped, they said, and could not confirm whether it was an accident or medical event.

Police said the road was cleared by 12.20pm, with Fire and Emergency leaving at noon.

While police said a helicopter was requested due to wintry road conditions, a St John spokesman confirmed that one person was driven to Southland Hospital in an ambulance. It was not known if the other person was injured.

It was not known if the crash was weather related.

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