Icy roads cause two accidents
Icy roads are causing problems in South Canterbury and police are reminding drivers to take their time.
A utility vehicle carrying a trailer slid on ice on a corner on State Highway 82 in the Waimate Gorge yesterday.
Waimate constable Rebecca Aitchison said the ute was heading towards Waimate when it slid across the road, hitting a bank. A car heading in the other direction crashed into the back of the ute.
The three occupants of the car were taken to Timaru Hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the ute was not injured.
Ms Aitchison said there was "heaps" of ice in the gorge.
Meanwhile, a family travelling along State Highway 8 near Tekapo struck ice at 7am on Saturday. Senior Constable Les Andrew, of Twizel, said the couple were travelling to Wanaka with their four children when their vehicle slid on black ice and rolled on the bend at Maryburn Creek, south of the town.
One of the children, aged about 6, was taken to the Twizel Medical Centre with a sore wrist.
The driver had reduced his speed at the time of the crash.
"These people were being very careful because of the fog," Mr Andrew said.
It was a reminder to travel later in the day to avoid icy roads.
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