Drivers urged to take care on gravel roads

Detective Shaun McClintock. PHOTO: ODT FILES
Detective Shaun McClintock. PHOTO: ODT FILES
Wānaka police have asked motorists to take care on Upper Clutha’s gravel roads following two separate accidents this month.

On Tuesday, police were called to a vehicle collision between a rental vehicle and a truck in McKay Rd.

Detective Shaun McClintock said the occupants of the rental car were on their way to Mt Cook when their GPS system directed them on to McKay Rd to bypass the Luggate-Tarras Rd intersection.

The driver of the rental vehicle had been travelling along the gravel surface at speed before the accident, he said.

"They’ve lost control and collided with a truck and then ended up in a ditch on the side of the road.

"Luckily there were no injuries."

This week’s incident followed a single-vehicle crash in Lake Hāwea’s Domain Rd on Waitangi Day, which resulted in the car’s sole occupant receiving minor injuries.

With the significant road works under way in Ballantyne Rd resulting in heavy traffic, police want to remind motorists the speed limit when passing stationary school buses is 20kmh.

Det McClintock said there would likely be an increased police presence when school buses were operating in the area to monitor driver behaviour.

Police are investigating a burglary that took place overnight on February 15 in Northlake.

Det McClintock said two outdoor dining chairs were taken from the Northbrook Retirement Village display home in Malvern Rd.

While there were no signs of a break-in, anyone involved would have had to trespass on the largely enclosed backyard to take the items, Det McClintock said.

Police were involved in two Wanaka Search and Rescue (SAR) jobs in the past week, including a February 16 accident involving a paraglider taking part in the Wānaka Hike & Fly Race.

Det McClintock said SAR had been called out to Mt Aspiring Park’s Buchanan Peaks last Friday after the paraglider got into trouble.

When the paraglider was rescued, they were found to have suffered a back injury.

On the evening of February 18, SAR was deployed after two trampers were reported overdue from Brewster Hut.

Det McClintock said the trampers were reported safe after successfully making their way back to the hut that same evening. 

Police wished to thank the SAR volunteers involved in the search efforts.