SUV driver spoken to about crash

Police are continuing inquiries after two vehicles crashed head-on at Gibbston near Queenstown on Wednesday.

Three elderly people were flown to Dunedin Hospital and four other people with minor injuries were taken to Lakes District Hospital after the crash near the AJ Hackett bungy bridge in Kawarau Gorge at 12.55pm.

Senior Constable Chris Blackford, of Queenstown, said yesterday that police were continuing their inquiries, including interviewing a 60-year-old Israeli man, who was driving a black SUV.

Mr Blackford said it appeared the SUV had drifted over the centre line and slid while travelling around a bend before crashing head-on into a silver sedan carrying three people in their 70s.

State Highway 6 was closed while emergency services cut the seriously injured male driver from the sedan and took him and the other six injured people to hospital.

The occupants of the sedan suffered head and chest injuries and those in the SUV suffered minor injuries.

The Southland Times