1 Jul 2013

One dead, two seriously injured in South Canterbury crash

7:48 am on 1 July 2013

One person has died and two others are seriously injured after a crash on State Highway 1 in South Canterbury.

A police spokesperson says a four-wheel drive and a truck collided at Otaio, 20 kilometres south of Timaru on Sunday afternoon.

The truck veered off the road after the collision, crashed into a power pole and ended up in a ditch.

Police say they think the rear tyres burst into flames as a result of the friction on the road.

The driver of the car died, and has not yet been identified.

Police say the two passengers of the car are seriously hurt.