Deadly crash into power pole

Last updated 14:50 15/05/2012

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Police have named the man killed after the courier van he was in hit a power pole in Central Otago this morning.

He was Gavin George Anderson, 66, of Dunedin.

Anderson was trapped inside the van for more than two hours because it was too dangerous for emergency services to access it.

The vehicle became wrapped in the wires after crashing near the Central Otago town of Lawrence about 5.15am, fire south communications shift manager Greg Rapana said.

Emergency services were at the scene shortly after the crash, but had to watch on helplessly while they waited for the power to be isolated.

Power company staff worked frantically and the lines were made safe at about 7.30am, clearing the way for emergency services.

Police, including a serious crash investigator, the Fire Service, New Zealand Transport Agency, Otago Power Services and Otago Regional Council staff have attended the scene, however a scene examination was delayed because of hazardous substances leaking from the vehicle, police said.

The scene was still cordoned off and detours were in place. Power was expected to be restored to Lawrence about 4pm.

Police said no other vehicles appeared to have been involved.

However, Balclutha police want to talk with anyone who may have seen the van travelling on State Highway 8 early this morning.

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