Firefighter allegedly punched at crash scene


A volunteer fire fighter was allegedly punched in the ribs while attending a crash in Kawarau Gorge last night.

Three people face charges after the accident at Roaring Meg, on State Highway 6 near Queenstown, in which a car carrying six people collided with a roadside barrier. 

A 54-year-old Alexandra man is accused of assaulting the emergency services worker.

It is understood another emergency services volunteer was also assaulted at the scene.

The driver, a Cromwell woman, 24, faces a dangerous driving causing injury charge and a charge of disorderly behaviour. 

She also received an infringement notice after being processed for alcohol. She’d allegedly failed to negotiate an easy right hand bend and collided with a roadside barrier.

And a 29-year-old man was also charged with disorderly behaviour at the scene.

Senior sergeant Paula Enoka says they are very lucky no-one was seriously injured.

Enoka says: “A 51-year-old man had lacerations to his head and was taken to Dunedin hospital to conduct further checks.

“We touched base this morning and he is in a stable condition and not life threatening.”

A second man was assessed at the scene, but didn’t have any major injuries.

Police investigations into the cause of the crash are continuing.