Truck driver charged after double fatal crash

Last updated 13:47 20/03/2014

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A truck driver is facing charges over a three-vehicle smash that killed a mother and son near Sanson in January.

Police have today charged a 43-year-old Hamilton man with careless driving causing the deaths of Levin woman Margaret Joan Turnbull, 51, and her son Trent Cole Whitburn, 20.

Turnbull and Whitburn were travelling in a Nissan car behind a Big Chill truck heading south when the crash happened in the early hours of January 8.

The two vehicles were going slowly behind a 110-tonne catamaran, being transported in two parts from Palmerston North to Foxton via State Highway One at Sanson.

They had reached Oroua Downs when a Freight Lines-contracted truck carrying produce approached from behind and a fiery collision took place.

The produce truck driver had already been stood down while the cause of the crash was investigated and will appear in the Palmerston North District Court in April. 

Police have already ruled out both the Big Chill truck and the Nissan as contributors to the crash.

Central House Movers, transporting the boat, was not involved in the crash and was found to be making the trip with the right permits and in a professional and legal manner.

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- Manawatu Standard

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