Tourists warned on NZ road rules

GRANT BRYANT
Last updated 10:04 03/10/2012
Emergency services at the scene of a crash at the intersection of State highway 6 and McDonnell Rd near Queenstown and Arrowtown.
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BANG: Emergency services at the scene of a crash at the intersection of State highway 6 and McDonnell Rd near Queenstown and Arrowtown.

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Police are warning foreign drivers to get up to speed with New Zealand road rules after a crash on State Highway 6 near Queenstown yesterday.

The head-on collision led to a ute driven by an A J Hackett Bungy employee briefly becoming airborne then hitting another car in the pile-up.

Sergeant Keith Newell said a rented people-mover that caused the crash was part of a multi-car tourist convoy, and was driven by an Asian man in his 30s, who may face charges.

"It's very lucky no-one was seriously injured or killed."

Mr Newell said factors contributing to the crash could have been a lack of knowledge around road rules at intersections, or a lack of attention.

Police took the driver back to Queenstown station for questioning, leaving at least five officers to control traffic on the busy intersection while firefighters cleared wreckage from the road.

Police said the initial collision happened when the people mover pulled out in front of the A J Hackett ute, which was travelling along the highway, hitting it nearly head-on.

The force of the impact lifted the ute into the air, bringing it down on the bonnet of a rental car waiting to turn on to the highway from McDonnell Rd which leads to Arrowtown.

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- The Southland Times

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