Call for fatal crash witnesses

Police are calling for witnesses of a car crash near Tekapo on Sunday which killed an 86-year-old woman.

The accident occurred on State Highway 8 about 2.45pm on Sunday.

Twizel Constable Joe Rush said the crash occured while the driver, travelling north, attempted to overtake a tour bus. A truck-and-trailer unit, travelling south, attempted to brake but jack-knifed. The woman's car hit the trailer and drove off the road.

The woman died on impact.

Mr Rush said the Twizel-Tekapo fire brigade and St John also attended the scene, while the death has been referred to the coroner.

The Serious Crash Unit was also investigating. Mr Rush said police hoped to release the name of the deceased once the next-of-kin were informed.

''In the mean time, we want anyone who witnessed the crash to come forward with information,'' Mr Rush said. 

The Timaru Herald