Man killed in North Canterbury crash

PRECARIOUS POSITION: The van was found part way down a bluff.
PRECARIOUS POSITION: The van was found part way down a bluff.

Emergency services used ropes and a 4WD to stabilise a van down a bluff in North Canterbury only to discover the driver was dead.

Police received a callout to a crash on State Highway 7, between Culverden and Hanmer Springs, just after 6.50am today.

A Christchurch police spokesman said a 38-year-old man was reported missing after failing to arrive in Hanmer Springs.

When police arrived at the crash scene, about two kilometres south of Marble Point, they found a van about 30 to 40 metres down a bluff.

It was in a "precarious" position and there was one occupant in the vehicle, but he was unresponsive.

The police spokesman said fire crews attached ropes from a fire engine and a police 4WD to the van to stop it going further down the bluff.

Once the van was stabilised, ambulance crews assessed the occupant, when he was confirmed dead.

The spokesman said the man's name would be released once family members were notified.

Another driver was killed on State Highway 7, also on the stretch between Hanmer Springs and Culverden, after a crash at 3.20pm on June 16.

Ngaire Khan, of Nelson, was driving one of two vehicles involved in the crash and died later in Christchurch Hospital.

The Press