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South Island: Road Conditions

NZ Police CommCens Alert 05:30 13-06-2006 Canterbury

Location of incident: South Island

Incident Type: Road Conditions

Police report a quiet night following the weather issues facing the South Island during the previous 36 hours.

SH8 between Fairlie and Twizel remains closed, along with SH80 Lake Pukaki to Mount Cook and SH 79 betweeen Geraldine and Fairlie.

Other roads remain marginal and Police again urge motorists to drive to the conditions and watch speed and following distances.

There is still significant amounts of snow on roads in the Ashburton area some of which created a challenge for a truck and trailer crossing the main railway line. Trains had to be held before Ashburton prior to 4.30am whilst help was sought to tow the truck off the line.

Some reports of snow failing in Mosgiel and Dunedin have been received but no road or traffic incidents have been reported to this time.

Reports suggest that Christchurch City roads are reasonably dry and frost free in most parts but care is urged in areas where some deposits of snow remains.

ENDS

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