Low speed crash claims life

KEITH LYNCH
Last updated 17:13 28/11/2013

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A mechanical fault on a home built trike caused a 70-year-old to crash into a bank on a West Coast road.

The fatal crash occurred about 18km east of Haast on State Highway 6 yesterday.

The man, who was killed instantly, was travelling with a group from the North Island on a charity ride organised by Fire Services.

Serious Crash Analyst Senior Constable Simon Burbery said he was confident the rider was not travelling at excessive speed when the crash happened. He said the trike had been taken for further examination to establish exactly how the failure occurred.

Police have also revealed the crash further north on State Highway 6, which claimed the life of Christchurch man Steven Nottingham, also occurred at low speed.

Nottingham was riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle and towing a large trailer behind when he crossed the centre line on a tight left hand bend and collided into the side of a camper van travelling in the opposite direction.

Senior Constable Burbery said the camper van was well within its own lane when the collision happened. 

He said the ongoing investigation was focussing on the involvement of the trailer in relation to the rider's loss of control.

Both deceased riders were on their way to the Burt Munro Challenge in Southland.

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