Black ice takes toll on Wanaka roads

Wanaka emergency services were called to two separate car crashes within five minutes yesterday after drivers lost control on black ice near Cardrona.

Wanaka sub-area commander Senior Sergeant Allan Grindell said both crashes happened about 9.30am, 5km south of the Cardrona township, where there were warning signs for ice.

The first crash involved a family of four travelling from Queenstown to Cardrona Alpine Resort. Two occupants were treated for minor injuries after the vehicle rolled and landed in a culvert on the opposite side of the road.

The second incident involved two British women travelling from Wanaka to Queenstown.

The pair entered the same stretch of road as the earlier accident and lost control on ice before hitting a bank. They were uninjured.

The Southland Times