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.