Drainage worker killed by truck

A drainage worker has been crushed by a truck in Woolston.

Emergency services were called to the intersection of Sullivan Ave and Richardson Tce at 3.25pm today.

A police statement said two drainage trucks were backed up to each other and were pumping out drains under the road when one of the trucks rolled back, trapping two workers between the two trucks.

"Unfortunately, one of the workers has died as a result of the injuries sustained," the statement said.

Emergency services and Christchurch City Council and Department of Labour staff are at the scene.

The second worker was taken to Christchurch Hospital in a serious condition.

One person has been seriously injured in a crash on State Highway 77 near Glentunnel.

A  police spokesman said the single-car crash occurred about 4.15pm.

A St John spokesman said the man, in his 60s, suffered head and possible abdomen injuries when the car he was driving hit a tree.

The motorist was cut from his car and flown to Christchurch Hospital by the Westpac rescue helicopter.

Fire crews from Darfield, Kirwee and Colgate attended and continue to assist with traffic control at the scene.

Traffic diversions are in place.

The Press