Fatal car crash

Last updated 09:25 26/12/2012
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NICOLE GOURLEY/Fairfax NZ
The crash on the Lorneville-Dacre Highway, near Invercargill, which was discovered early yesterday morning.

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A 24-year-old male has been killed after his car left the road and veered into a paddock on the Lorneville-Dacre road, police say.

Senior Sergeant Dave Raynes, of Invercargill, said the body of the male was found some distance from his car and it appeared he had been deceased for several hours.

Initial reports believed the man was thrown from the car but updated information revealed the man's body had been removed from his car by people who came across the crash, Mr Raynes said.

Some people came across the crash between 6am and 6.30am and removed the man from his car to try and perform CPR and provide first aid, he said.

The people who found the man called emergency services, Mr Raynes said.

Police were still investigating the cause of the crash and trying to notify the man's family.

Mr Raynes said the male was believed to be an Invercargill resident.

Police wanted to remind drivers country roads do kill, he said.

There was no other car involved and a person still lost their life, Mr Raynes said.

''Drivers need to be aware many accidents happen in rural areas and because of the isolation help can take a while to arrive.'' 

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