Man hurt when spreader rolls

A 72-year-old man was flown to Dunedin Hospital in a serious condition yesterday after the spreader he was working with rolled down a hill.

Police said the incident happened on Awatere Station near Gore.

Senior Constable Steve Heyrick said the man was working at the top of a hill when the spreader lost traction and rolled backwards down the hill.

A St John spokeswoman confirmed the man was flown by helicopter to Dunedin after emergency services were called just after noon, she said.

Police said the incident had been referred to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's labour department.

Meanwhile, two cars were extensively damaged in a crash in the Cromwell Gorge at 8.15am yesterday after a 23-year-old driver tried to overtake a line of cars, police said.

Senior Constable Mike Colligan, of Alexandra, said the woman, who was driving a blue Honda Civic, failed to see an oncoming Subaru, forcing its driver to take evasive action and pull to the side of the road.

The cars collided but no injuries were reported.

"They were very lucky," Mr Colligan said.

Police urge anyone who witnessed the car travelling between Cromwell and Clyde between 8am and 8.15am to contact police.

The Southland Times