Black ice is being blamed for car crashes around the Taranaki region this morning and police are warning motorists to be careful of the icy conditions.
Emergency services have been called to four crashes on Taranaki roads today with the biggest involving two cars at Burgess Park Hill, near New Plymouth, on SH3 at 8.10am.
Inspector Ian Harris, of police central communications, said the crashed blocked both lanes and traffic was backed up in both directions.
The crashed involved a ute and car, both were extensively damaged in the crash.
''It appears that the cars have hit black ice,'' Mr Harris said.
The sole occupants of each vehicle were cut free by firefighters using the jaws of life.
Both were taken to Taranaki Base Hospital in a serious condition, a St John spokesman said.
Police were first called out at 6.45am to a crash near the intersection of Kent Tce and State Highway 3 in Midhirst.
Police then responded to a two-car crash on SH3 between Stratford and Midhirst.
"No one was injured in either crash," Mr Harris said.
"But clearly there is ice on the roads so drivers need to take extra caution."
Shortly after the Burgess Hill crash police were called to another on Eltham Rd.
"A car has spun out of control and gone down a bank." Mr Harris said.
The female driver was not injured.
- Taranaki Daily News
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