Man charged after Gibbston smash


An Italian man has been charged with dangerous driving causing injury after a crash on State Highway 6 yesterday afternoon.

Senior Sergeant Paula Enoka, of Queenstown, says the man, in his mid-20s, went to overtake a vehicle, “ignoring double-yellow markings” on the road.

Speed is believed to be a factor in the crash, she says.

The driver saw the vehicle directly in front of him but did not notice a second car ahead, she said.

He was carrying passengers and travelling towards Cromwell from Queenstown.

The incident had a knock-on effect, causing a secondary incident 500m up the road.

Enoka: “His actions have ultimately caused these crashes.”

The second incident – about 500m from the initial crash scene, on the Queenstown side – was minor, she says.

“One driver has seen the crash up ahead and stuck on the brakes. The car behind has rear-ended them.”

A number of people from the second crash were taken to Lakes District Hospital and interviewed by police.

No charges will follow.

St John Central Lakes territory manager Kelvin Perriman says six people from both crash sites were transported to Lakes District Hospital, but there were no serious injuries.

Otago Daily Times