Engine torn from car in fatal crash

19:30, Feb 20 2014

A man who was killed in a violent road crash that ripped the car's engine out near Tokoroa has been named.

Hamilton man Scott Walker, 47, was travelling south between Tokoroa and Taupo in a left-hand drive 1969 black Chevrolet Corvette last night when he crashed shortly after overtaking a truck at about 8.45pm.

The impact on State Highway 1 at Kinleith was so severe that the car's engine was torn out and launched ten metres away from the wreck, Tokoroa Volunteer Fire Brigade chief fire officer David Morris said.

''When we arrived there was single car off the side of the road and it was pretty mangled up,'' he said. ''It had hit a concrete culvert just off the side of the road and flipped and rolled. The engine was thrown and landed about ten metres away from the vehicle.''

There was one man dead inside, Mr Morris said.

Police conducted a scene examination before Mr Morris and his crew helped to extract the man's body from the wreck.

An investigation is underway to find out what caused the crash.

Police want to hear from any witnesses to the crash or anyone who saw how the vehicle was being driven prior to the crash.

Anyone with any information about this crash is asked to contact Tokoroa Police on 07 885 0100 or Taupo Police on 07 378 6060.