Youthtown keen to continue ski trips

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Youthtown hopes to continue with their planned ski trips to Ohau this week, following an accident last Friday.

The accident occurred after a Youthtown van carrying two adults and seven high school students on their way to the Ohau Snow Fields hit black ice and flipped off Prohibition Rd in Oamarama at about 8am on Friday.

Youthtown chief executive Paula Kearns said the organisation was grateful no one was injured and they were investigating the incident.

“Youthtown takes all accidents very seriously,” she said.

“Our policy is safe people, safe places, safe programmes and zero harm.

“Our standard procedure is to investigate every incident and ensure that any improvements that can be made to safety in future are implemented as soon as possible.”

Following the accident, Friday’s ski trip was cancelled, however Youthtown Oamaru hoped to continue with the two planned ski trips tomorrow and Thursday, she said.

Youthtown would endeavour to fit all the children who did not get to ski on Friday into the planned trips this week, Ms Kearns said.

“They’ve all indicated that they would like to go again.”

Two Youthtown vans were driving in convoy when the accident occurred.

“The second van hit some black ice and flipped off the road and crashed.

“It was an unfortunate accident.”

The van was in Omarama being assessed for insurance but it was believed to be a write-off, she said.

Oamaru Police said there were three other accidents in the Omarama area as a result of black ice between 6.30am and 8am on Friday.

The ice came about following overnight rain which subsequently froze.

By RUBY HARFIELD and BRAYDEN LINDSAY