Services on the hop

NICCI MCDOUGALL
Last updated 05:00 16/12/2013

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A car crashing through a concrete fence in Invercargill was just one of several incidents across the south during the weekend.

Southern Fire Communications shift manager Riwai Grace said emergency services were called to a vehicle crashing through the fence at the corner of West St and Inglewood Rd about 11pm on Saturday.

The driver fled the scene before police arrived. There was no risk of fire, Mr Grace said.

Senior Sergeant Maggie Windle, of Invercargill police, said the driver was located by police and processed for drink-driving and other driving matters. There were no injuries.

An occupant of the house behind the fence declined to comment yesterday.

Emergency services were also called when a light-weight pop-up caravan turned upside down on the Waipahi Highway at 7.45am on Saturday.

The incident, about 2km north of Gore, blocked the highway for a short time.

Sergeant Tod Hollebon, of Gore police, said the driver over-corrected and the caravan rolled. Police believed the crash was due to driver inattention.

There were no injuries and no other vehicles involved. The vehicle sustained minor damage while the caravan was written off.

Yesterday morning, a vehicle with two passengers went off the road near Nightcaps, resulting in minor injuries.

Emergency services were also called to a crash on the Milford Road yesterday at 9.40am.

Constable Dwight Grieve, of Te Anau Highway Patrol, said the vehicle went off the road in wet conditions and into a cliff face before bouncing off and landing in a safe area.

The vehicle was written off and the two occupants suffered minor injuries.

Mr Grieve said there had also been several driving complaints on the Milford Road yesterday.

The Milford Sound emergency response team moved into a new purpose-built fire depot earlier this month, which acts as an incident control and communications base.

Mr Grieve said the Milford crash yesterday provided the first test for the base and the result was improved communications between emergency services.

Yesterday afternoon a boat broke down just off Riverton Point and was towed back in.

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