Truck recovered but no sign of driver

05:52, Jul 17 2014
Truck crash
The wreckage of a truck that crashed down a steep bank above the Hundalee Stream, near Kaikoura.

Police have successfully lifted a crashed truck up a steep bank near Hundalee but the body of its missing driver was not found underneath.

A source close to the recovery operation told The Press the driver had not been found under the truck and a police dog was being called in for a wider search.

An infrared search yesterday did not detect body heat in the area and it was unlikely the driver had cleared the wreckage alive.

The truck and seven-metre trailer plunged down a cliff just north of the intersection of Claverley Rd and SH1 yesterday morning about 5.30am.

The chances of finding the driver alive were remote, rescuers said.

Inspector Rick Jury said the stretch of road was still reduced to one lane and controlled by traffic lights.

"I think motorists should leave a bit earlier if they are travelling in that area, and the road will be closed for a period today when the vehicle is recovered," Jury said.


The Press