Heightened traffic activity under Alert Level 2 means that the region has already seen a series of accidents on the road in the last week.

A motorcyclist was airlifted to Nelson Hospital on Saturday, after a single-vehicle accident on the Hope Saddle.

A police spokesperson said that police received reports of a single-vehicle crash around 1.50pm on the Kohatu-Kawatiri Highway near Hope Saddle, and that a motorcycle had gone over a roadside barrier.

The person involved sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Nelson Hospital at around 3pm, with the road reopening shortly after.

Nelson Hospital confirmed that the patient sustained moderate injuries and is currently in a stable condition.
At 2pm on Friday, a truck and a car were involved in an accident on Whakatu Drive at the Richmond roundabout, which left the road closed for some time.

Police arrived at 2:20pm but said there were no serious injuries.

A lane of SH6 between Nelson and Richmond was blocked on Wednesday last week after a vehicle crashed through the centre barrier, near Richmond. Police attended the scene of the two-vehicle crash at around 9:30am, but reported that there were no serious injuries.

Tasman Road Policing Manager Senior Sergeant Grant Andrews says that as more get back on the road, people need to slow down and drive to the conditions.

“This is particularly relevant with schools back this week,” he says.

Grant says that Alert Level 2 means that there will be more opportunities to socialise away from home.

“Have a plan to get yourself home safely before you go out or drive. Ensure your friends and family have the same to get home safely if they’re at your home.”

“We talk about deaths on our roads, but serious injury from crashes also has a lifetime effect on families. Don’t become that person who is injured or injures anyone else. Respect the other road users including cyclists and pedestrians.”

“We have come through level 4 and level 3 relatively crash-free, and we want that to remain.”

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