Car crash cuts power to valley

Power to Rai Valley was cut for about two hours yesterday afternoon after a car hit a power pole near Rai Valley School.

Senior station officer Trevor Holdstock, of the Rai Valley Volunteer Fire Brigade, said the accident happened about 2pm. Neither the driver nor the sole passenger were injured. The impact dropped the line, cutting power to the town.

Marlborough highway patrol team leader Sergeant Barrie Greenall said despite that crash, drivers were behaving well over the holiday period. Limited ferry crossings across Cook Strait meant drivers were organising their drive between Kaikoura and Picton better than usual. Those travelling between the North and South Islands knew if they missed a crossing, there could be a long wait for another booking.

No extreme speeds were clocked on Christmas Eve, the busiest day of the year on Marlborough roads, Mr Greenall said.

However, police issued slightly more infringement notices than usual.

The Marlborough Express