Man dies in Kaiapoi crash

04:59, Jul 15 2013
Fatal crash scene near Kaiapoi
TRAGIC: A man died in a collision involving two cars and a truck.

An elderly man has died in a collision involving three vehicles near Kaiapoi.

Sergeant Rene Pabst said emergency services were called to the corner of Giles Rd and Tram Rd at 1.40pm.

A man, in his 70s, had been travelling south on Giles Rd and had gone through a stop sign.

His car then collided with a westbound car on Tram Rd.

As the elderly man's car spun out, it was struck again by a medium-sized truck travelling behind the other car, Pabst said.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

He was the sole occupant of the vehicle, but had been travelling with a dog who had been taken away by a vet.

The Fire Service had assisted with the jaws of life access the man inside his vehicle.

Pabst said the occupants of the two other vehicles were "all in shock and shaken", but uninjured.

An undertaker had arrived at the scene to remove the body, and his next-of-kin was en route to identify the man.

A cordon and detour would be in place around the crash scene "for a few hours yet", Pabst said, while the serious crash unit and commercial vehicle investigation unit carried out their investigation.

Pabst said he was "unsure for what reasons" the man had failed to stop at the intersection, and it was not a particularly problematic spot.

"It's clearly marked with a stop sign," he said.

"Tram Rd has had a few over the years, but I'm not aware of it being worse of any other intersection."

Fatal crash scene near Kaiapoi
COLLISION: One elderly man died in the crash.



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