Mackenzie crashes keep police and St John busy

18:04, Feb 23 2014

The Mackenzie District's police and emergency services were kept busy yesterday, with two crashes within two hours leading to people being taken to hospital.

Tekapo Constable Brent Swanson said an American tourist's car crossed the centre-line and collided with a car going in the other direction near Godley Peaks Rd about 2.45pm. His wife, who was in the passenger seat, was taken to Timaru Hospital after suffering minor injuries.

"I think the driver got a bit disorientated and drove as if he was back home in America," Mr Swanson said. "It was one of those unfortunate things. Both his vehicle and the one he hit are pretty badly damaged."

Mr Swanson and St John responded to another crash about 4.45pm, in which an Ashburton man, 55, fell off his motorcycle on a sharp bend along the Fairlie-Geraldine highway.

The man was taken to hospital after he suffered minor head injuries and concussion. Mr Swanson said inquiries were still continuing into the cause of the crash.

Timaru Hospital was unable to give an update of the patients' conditions last night.

Meanwhile, an Australian tourist, 66, was discharged from Dunedin Hospital yesterday, after injuring his collarbone when falling off his bike just before the Hakataramea Pass on Friday about 4.30pm.


The Timaru Herald