Crash victim named

Police have named the man killed after the courier van he was in hit a power pole in Central Otago this morning, as Gavin George Anderson, 66, of Dunedin.

The vehicle became wrapped in the wires after crashing near the Central Otago town of Lawrence at about 5.15am, fire south communications shift manager Greg Rapana said.

He was trapped inside the van for more than two hours as it was too dangerous for emergency services to access it.

Emergency services were at the scene shortly after the incident, but had to watch on helplessly while they waited for the power to be isolated.

Power company staff worked frantically and the lines were made safe at about 7.30am, clearing the way for emergency services.

Police, including a serious crash investigator, the fire service, New Zealand Transport Agency, Otago Power Services and Otago Regional Council staff have attended the scene, however a scene examination was delayed because of hazardous substances leaking from the vehicle, police said.

The scene is cordoned off and detours are in place.

Power was been cut to Lawrence but was restored just before 2pm.

No other vehicles appear to have been involved.

Balclutha police want to talk with anyone who may have seen the van travelling on State Highway 8 early this morning.