Walker killed by ute near Oxford
A pedestrian was killed near Oxford on Wednesday.
The man aged in his mid-50s was walking along the singlelane Depot Rd bridge when he was hit by a ute and thrown from the bridge into a riverbed.
Emergency services attended the serious crash scene on the State Highway 72 bridge over the Eyre River after receiving a call at 5.52am on Wednesday.
Canterbury rural area commander Inspector Peter Cooper said the man ‘‘for some reason’’ stepped onto the road into the path of an oncoming ute.
‘‘A passing vehicle has collected him and thrown him quite a distance … He was found in the riverbed.’’
Cooper said the narrow bridge did not have a walking path and there was no space for pedestrians, he said.
The ute driver stopped immediately and was speaking with police.
‘‘It’s just very sad and very tragic,’’ Cooper said.
Christchurch Transport Operations Centre spokeswoman Janine Porter said the main road to Oxford was closed between Woodstock Rd and Woodside Rd for several hours. It reopened about 12pm on Wednesday.
A Fire and Emergency New Zealand spokesman said two Oxford crews had helped police at the scene. The police serious crash unit is still investigating the circumstances of the crash.
Some people in the Oxford area have taken to social media calling for a pedestrian lane to be added to the bridge.
Constable Aaron Campbell from Oxford police said as far as he is aware the bridge is not commonly used by pedestrians and he said it is accessed from a 100km per hour state highway so it’s not a safe walking route.
He said if people in the area are going to be walking or running in the dark mornings or evenings they should take care.
‘‘High vis clothing and a headlight is important, the onus is on the pedestrian to ensure they are seen.’’
The cordon near the scene of a crash where a pedestrian was killed near Oxford on Wednesday.