Man killed after being pinned against wall by truck near Queenstown named
An American man killed when a truck pinned him against a retaining wall at a Queenstown construction site recently closed the business he ran with his wife to "pursue new adventures".
Phillip Anderson Loving, 63, who lived in the Queenstown area, was killed at the exclusive Closeburn Station community near the resort town on Monday afternoon, Detective Senior Sergeant Malcolm Inglis said.
Loving had been working on a septic tank with two other people, one of whom – a 19-year-old man – was critically injured and remains in a stable condition at Dunedin Hospital. It took emergency services about two hours to free the injured man.
"Police's thoughts are with Mr Loving's family, friends and colleagues at this time," Inglis said.
Loving, known as Andy, lived at Closeburn with his wife, Penny Loving. Until December 2016, the pair ran Station Imports, a company exporting New Zealand wines to the United States.
They had recently decided to close down the business after 16 years to "pursue new adventures", according to a newsletter on the company Facebook page.
"What those adventures may be and where they may take us remains to be discovered but we are certain that we will always consider New Zealand our second home," the newsletter said.
Senior Sergeant Paula Enoka said no-one was in the work truck when it trapped Loving and the 19-year-old.
A third person was at the scene, but was not injured.
WorkSafe is investigating the incident.
The truck was level at the time and the three men were standing nearby, Enoka said.
"They had good reason to be there in the positions that they were."
It was believed the truck was owned by waste management company SJ Allen Holdings.
Managing director Simon Spark could not confirm if those involved were from SJ Allen Holdings.
"I don't know what happened. I'm putting pieces together myself," he said.
Spark was not at the scene when the incident happened, but arrived at Closeburn Station later on Monday.
"I'm messed up at the moment and don't want to say something that's not right," he said.
Enoka said there was a resident doctor in the subdivision who helped emergency services at the scene.
The 19-year-old was flown to Dunedin Hospital and was reported to be in a stable condition in the intensive care unit on Monday night.
Enoka said there would be an ongoing impact for the families and the emergency services at the scene.
Closeburn Station is a working farm and exclusive housing area about 10 minutes drive from Queenstown on the Queenstown-Glenorchy Rd.