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Injured man cut from car

Last updated 05:00 24/12/2013

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A badly injured Irish visitor was cut from a crashed car in Queenstown and airlifted to hospital on Sunday.

Senior Constable Chris Blackford, of Queenstown, said the Irish man, of Perth, Western Australia, and his brother were driving in Hensman Rd near Martys Lane and failed to negotiate a left-hand bend, crashing into a taxi at 10.49pm.

The brother in the passenger seat was cut from the vehicle and flown to Dunedin Hospital with a suspected fractured skull.

The taxi driver suffered broken ribs and police were waiting for the results of a blood test before deciding whether to widen the investigation into the cause of the crash.

It appeared the driver did not suffer any serious injuries.

Meanwhile, a 34-year-old West Coast man was arrested and charged with an assault at the Frankton Motor Camp on Sunday at 6.40pm, which allegedly left the victim with a bloodied nose.

At 7.50am on Sunday an 18-year-old Queenstown man was taken to the police station to detox after being found in the Athol St public toilets.

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