Man critical after black ice crash

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Last updated 09:19 06/06/2014

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A foreign rebuild worker is in hospital with life-threatening injuries after a van he was travelling in smashed into a power pole, snapping it into three pieces.

It was one of four crashes north of Christchurch yesterday where black ice was likely involved, police said.

Inspector Derek Erasmus said emergency services were called to the scene of the serious crash on South Eyre Rd shortly after 6am.

A van carrying three Filipino workers had hit black ice, slid sideways off the road and smashed into a power pole, Erasmus said.

The power pole snapped into three pieces.

A 38-year-old man suffered critical injuries and was flown to Christchurch Hospital. He remained in hospital this morning fighting for his life.

Two other men suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the crash.

The trio had been living at a forest camp in North Canterbury.

Erasmus said black ice was a likely factor in the four crashes yesterday. He warned people to drive to the conditions.

"We had a string of cold days and it shouldn't be a surprise to people that there's ice on the road."

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