Car hits motorbike on Devil’s Staircase


Police say they were searching for a car involved in a crash near Queenstown – because of complaints about erratic driving.

A Ford Falcon, containing three people, hit a motorbike, injuring two North Islanders, on State Highway 6 on the Devils Staircase, about 14km south of Frankton this morning.

Sergeant Steve Watt, of Queenstown, says the northbound car was allegedly travelling on the wrong side of the road.

The motorbike went under the car, which hit a grass verge and came to rest on its roof.

“Police had been looking for the driver because of driving behaviour – a member of the public had reported speed and erratic driving.”

Watt said two motorbikes were pulling out of a layby on the highway when the riders allegedly noticed the approaching car had crossed the centreline.

St John Queenstown station manager Keith Raymond said two people from the North Island had minor leg injuries.

One was taken to Lakes District Hospital for further assessment.

One lane of State Highway 6 reopened about 2.15pm, after being closed several hours.

Police did not say where the man and two women in the Falcon were from or what charges, if any, the driver might face.