Man dies when car crashes into truck

Bluff Rd was closed because of a fatal crash.
Bluff Rd was closed because of a fatal crash.

A 65-year-old man was killed when the car he was travelling in smashed into the back of a truck and trailer near Bluff.

The crash happened just before 7.30am yesterday in Bluff Rd.

Senior Sergeant Craig Brown, of Dunedin, said a male passenger, travelling in a Mazda towards Bluff, died at the scene.

The driver of the car was taken to Southland Hospital with moderate injuries, while the truck driver was shaken but not injured, Brown said.

It appeared the car collided with the rear of the truck-and-trailer unit travelling in the same direction, he said.

The crash occurred near a patch of roadworks close to Fowler's Oysters in Bluff.

Traffic to and from the port town was backed up for almost four hours, with the only route to Bluff closed until just after 11am.

Nearly 15 kilometres of Bluff Rd was closed while emergency services remained at the scene.

A witness said the road was blocked with no detours available, and police said there was a long line of motorists trying to get out of Bluff to go home.

Traffic heading towards Bluff was turned around just past Clifton.

Police are expected to release the dead man's name this morning. Investigations into the cause of the crash are continuing.

The Southland Times