Police have named the teenager that died in a crash north of Glenavy yesterday as Mark David Buckley, of Palmerston.
The 16-year-old, who was believed to be enrolled at a Timaru high school, was the sole occupant of the car travelling south on State Highway 1 that collided with an oncoming truck and trailer unit just north of the township about 4.30pm.
He died at the scene.
Waimate Senior Sergeant Mike van der Heyden said Mr Buckley's vehicle had crossed the centre line into the path of the on coming truck.
The serious crash unit from Christchurch was investigating the cause of the accident.
The teen was the single occupant of the car travelling south on State Highway 1 that collided with an oncoming truck and trailer unit just north of the township about 4.30pm.
Both vehicles ended up in a paddock on the west side of the highway.
The truck driver, who was also the sole occupant of his vehicle, was physically unharmed but in shock, Mr van der Heyden said.
It appeared that the car had drifted into the truck's lane.
"Police enquiries are continuing as to establishing why.''
The serious crash unit from Christchurch marked out the scene last night. They would return later in the week to carry out a survey.
Emergency services were at the scene until 11.30pm. The highway remained open with one lane. Mr van der Heyden said he understood the teenhad been heading to Oamaru.
Police also attended a non-injury crash between Geraldine and Fairlie last night, when a car rolled into a paddock just before 10pm.
The vehicle travelling along the Geraldine-Fairlie Highway lost control, ploughed through a fence and rolled.
Two people walked away uninjured after the car lost control on a section of road under repair.
Sergeant Graham Sharp, of Temuka, said police are investigating the matter.
- The Timaru Herald