Roads icy again

01:32, Jun 25 2012
Crash in Queenstown
A police officer investigates the scene of a multi-vehicle crash caused by black ice in Queenstown this morning.

Southern motorists are again being warned to take care on the roads this morning.

Icy conditions around the Wakatipu caused some problems,  with four car crashes since yesterday and a girl being injured by a vehicle in Arrowtown this morning.

Arrowtown Fire Brigade officer and Discover Arrowtown chairman Adin May said the town, which is 360m above sea level, awoke to a "very healthy sprinkling of snow.''

Ski lesson on Coronet Peak
Abigail Farago (left), of Australia, William Nelson, of south Africa, and Alex Howard, also of Australia enjoy a ski lesson in the sunshine and fresh snow of Coronet Peak

Winter driving skills and a cautious approach were needed when driving, Mr May said, but apart from morning routines taking longer than usual - it was business as usual for the town.

"No businesses have closed, and the sprinkling of snow is really scenic, so any visitors to Arrowtown will have a bit of a winter wonderland experience.''

At the higher altitude of Coronet Peak a 5cm overnight snowfall increased the average snow base to 40cm.

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Senior constable Julian Cahill, of Queenstown, said four non-injury crashes on Sunday and early today were caused by icy roads.

One car crashed in Gibbston at 6.30am yesterday after hitting ice, another vehicle slid on the Glenorchy Rd near Sunshine Bay at 8.30pm and a third vehicle crashed at Wilson's Bay, between Queenstown and Glenorchy, at 11.30pm.

At 5am today a car in Fernhill crashed into a parked car in Wye Place.

Meanwhile, senior sergeant Dave Raynes, of Invercargill, said there was a bit of black ice around, particularly around the Old Coach Rd area near Mataura.

Contractors would go out to lay grit on the roads, he said.

The Southland Times