One dead in truck, car crash

The Southland Times - - Front Page - Staff reporters

A per­son has died fol­low­ing a se­ri­ous crash in­volv­ing a car and a truck in In­ver­cargill.

Emer­gency ser­vices re­sponded to the crash at the in­ter­sec­tion of Dee and Ave­nal streets, near The Homestead, just be­fore 1pm yes­ter­day.

The crash in­volved a Ryal Bush Trans­port truck and a hatch­back car.

It was be­lieved two peo­ple had been trapped in the car af­ter the crash.

Fire­fight­ers were re­quired to take the roof off the car to free a per­son who was trapped.

Act­ing po­lice area com­man­der South­land In­spec­tor Jon Bis­set con­firmed the crash was fatal.

Po­lice were work­ing to de­ter­mine the cir­cum­stances of the crash.

Ryal Bush Trans­port gen­eral man­ager Shan­non

McEwan said the driver of the truck was shaken up.

The driver would be sup­ported with coun­selling and time off.

The com­pany was help­ing po­lice with their in­ves­ti­ga­tions, McEwan said.

‘‘Our thoughts are with the fam­i­lies in­volved.’’

The crash blocked both south­bound lanes, and di­ver­sions for traf­fic in head­ing both di­rec­tions were in place.

In­ver­cargill’s chief fire in­ves­ti­ga­tor, Mur­ray Milne-Maresca, had been driv­ing in the area at the time and saw the crash hap­pen. He called emer­gency ser­vices and said the hatch­back was dragged by the truck af­ter im­pact.

An­other wit­ness said the truck had been trav­el­ling north on Dee St and was about to turn right into Ave­nal St while the hatch­back was at­tempt­ing to cross Dee St and con­tinue east on Ave­nal St.

A Fire and Emer­gency New Zealand spokesper­son said two fire crews re­sponded to the crash, one from In­ver­cargill and the other from Kingswell.

In­spec­tor Jon Bis­set

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