Driver charged after van skids off road

A people mover crashed off The Remarkables skifield access road.
A people mover crashed off The Remarkables skifield access road.

Police yesterday charged a driver after a people mover plunged down a steep bank off the Remarkables skifield access road.

A family of four from Hong Kong - the parents, a son and a daughter - had finished their first day of skiing and were driving downhill when their van skidded off the road near Windy Pt about 5.15pm on Tuesday.

Constable Zoe Albon, of Queenstown, said the driver, 47, was charged with careless driving causing injury.

The van rolled about 50 metres and hit a small gully that stopped the vehicle rolling even further down the steep hillside.

Injured family members were ferried up the bank to waiting St John ambulances using a rescue basket.

The family was taken to Lakes District Hospital and the daughter was treated for leg and abdominal injuries. No-one was seriously injured.

The Southland Times