Shearing gang crash inquiry continuing

An investigation into the cause of a fatal crash that killed Nightcaps shearer and father of five Michael Gray south of Mossburn is continuing police say.

Mr Gray was the front-seat passenger in the Toyota HiAce van carrying eight other shearing contract staff from Ohai and Nightcaps that crashed into a power pole at 6.50pm on the Wreys Bush-Mossburn highway on December 13.

Senior Sergeant Cynthia Fairley, of Western Southland, said yesterday a report from the Serious Crash Investigation unit and vehicle inspectors should be completed in late January.

"With Christmas and New Year we won't expect a report until the end of January," she said.

Police were still speaking to the first people on the scene and the surviving occupants of the van, she said.

A 48-year-old man suffered a broken leg and a 17-year-old man had a broken arm from the crash. Another six occupants - aged from 17 to 60 - suffered minor injuries and were later discharged from Southland Hospital.

The Southland Times