Vehicles stuck in snow on the Crown Range, two injured in crash

Police are asking motorists to take care on South Island roads tonight.
MARJORIE COOL/STUFF

Police are asking motorists to take care on South Island roads tonight.

More than a dozen vehicles are stuck in snow on the Crown Range, between Queenstown and Wanaka, in Central Otago.

Police are urging caution on South Island roads tonight, with snow, heavy rain and high winds forecast for some areas.

High winds have felled trees on the Haast Pass Highway, between Haast Pass-Makarora Rd and Marks Rd, and Whataroa Highway, between Main Rd and Oneone Rd.

Two people suffered minor injuries when their car crashed into a third felled tree on Homebush Rd, near Sheffield.

The tree fell on power lines and police have advised the road near Deans Ave will be closed overnight.

Police were helping about 15 vehicles, including two campervans, stuck in snow on Cardrona Valley Rd.

MetService has forecast heavy rain, up to 120mm, for Westland and the Tararua Range. It was expected snow would close Porters Pass from 9pm Sunday.

All drivers  urged to drive to the conditions and report any road blockages to police.

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