Crashes galore on ‘death trap’ road


Three cars crashed on a dangerous tourist road near Queenstown yesterday.

Police say the crash happened on the Glenorchy-Paradise Rd about 11.30am when a vehicle failed to stop behind two others waiting at the Rees bridge for an oncoming vehicle.

Senior sergeant Ian Temple, of Dunedin, says the car hit one of the waiting vehicles, which in turn was shunted into the front vehicle.

Two of the vehicles left the scene before police arrived, Temple says.

He couldn’t provide the drivers’ nationalities or say if anyone was injured.

Queenstown film producer Gary Strangman suffered a broken sternum in a head-on crash on the same road last Tuesday after his car was struck by a van being driven on the wrong side of the road.

The van’s driver, Chinese tourist Yi Zhu, 45, was ordered to pay Mr Strangman $3000 in compensation when he appeared in the Christchurch District Court last Friday.

He told media outside the court: “I am very sorry for what has happened, it was my fault.”

Two weeks before the crash, Strangman told Mountain Scene the road was a potential death trap and called on Queenstown’s council to seal the 10km unsealed section between the Rees Bridge and Paradise.

Otago Daily Times