The fertiliser truck driver killed on a northern Southland farm on Tuesday was Leslie William Cain, an experienced contractor known for his professionalism.
Cain, 58, was killed when the fertiliser spreader he was driving overturned on a hill country property in the Key area, about 20km east of Te Anau.
Invercargill MP and farm owner Eric Roy said he knew Cain and was shocked and saddened to hear of his death. Roy had recently hired Cain to do some fertiliser spreading on his property and was impressed with his work.
"I have some hilly country and we did a walk around the farm," Roy said. "We both agreed there would be no heroics and he told me what he could and couldn't do."
Cain was experienced, competent and cautious, Roy said.
"This is an absolute tragedy."
Cain's wife, Fiordland College principal Lynlee Smith, did not wish to talk when contacted yesterday.
- The Southland Times
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