Serious injuries in crash near Otautau

A person was in serious condition in Dunedin Hospital’s intensive care unit this evening after being badly hurt in a crash between a utility and a concrete mixer truck near Otautau this morning.

That person, initially said to be critically injured, and another person with moderate injuries were apparently first sent to Southland Hospital by two road ambulances after the 8.35am crash, Drummond-Heddon Bush Rd, about 12kms northeast of Otautau.

The concrete mixer truck was left on its side after the crash, and there was oil at the intersection, a police spokeswoman said.

The crash was at the intersection with Mayfield Rd, a police spokeswoman said.

Problems moving the heavy truck may have been a factor in a lengthy road closure at the intersection, from the crash, for another seven and a half hours.

It is understood the road reopened about 4pm today.

It is believed the seriously injured man was flown to Dunedin Hospital by the Otago Regional Rescue Helicopter early this afternoon.

The police Serious Crash Unit has studied the crash scene, the police spokeswoman said.






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