Road conditions blamed in a roundabout way

Southland business owner Bob McBurney says it will be a long time before he can get a company vehicle back on the road after his van was hit by a truck at a busy roundabout in Invercargill yesterday.

‘‘I was coming from town and the truck was coming half way through the roundabout and it just couldn’t stop. It hit the tail end of my van and swung me towards the roundabout.’’

Multiple police vehicles attended the scene of the collision at the Stead St roundabout about 9.45am.

A street lamp was hit in the process and the McBurney’s Joinery van was written off.

Multiple police vehicles attended the scene of a crash involving a car, truck and pole near the Stead St roundabout in Invercargill yesterday. Photo: Abbey Palmer
Multiple police vehicles attended the scene of a crash involving a car, truck and pole near the Stead St roundabout in Invercargill yesterday. Photo: Abbey Palmer
While it was ‘‘a bit of a shock’’, he blamed the wet weather conditions for the accident.

‘‘The driver was very, very apologetic. It’s just the inconvenience of not having the vehicle.’’

Palmers Scrap Metal manager Nathan Anderson confirmed a company truck was involved but the driver was safe and well.

‘‘The road conditions this morning probably didn’t help much.’’

A police spokeswoman said Fire and Emergency New Zealand personnel attended the scene but there were no injuries.

■Further up the road in Kingston, police freed a person from a car after they became trapped when their vehicle and a bus collided.

A bus collided with a car at the intersection of State Highway 6 and Kent St in Kingston yesterday. Photo: Supplied
A bus collided with a car at the intersection of State Highway 6 and Kent St in Kingston yesterday. Photo: Supplied

Police were alerted to the crash at the intersection of State Highway 6 and Kent St about 11.20am.

Fire and Emergency crews extracted one of the two people from inside the car.

A St John spokesman said 19 people were on the bus but no-one was injured in either vehicle.

■In Frankton, police were also alerted to a collision between a patrol vehicle and a car at the intersection of SH6 and McBride St about 11.30am.

The patrol car was responding to another crash in Queenstown when the incident occurred.

No injuries were reported.

abbey.palmer@odt.co.nz

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