A truck driver is still missing more than 24 hours after his
truck crashed off bank south of Kaikoura.
The freight truck he was driving crashed off the road on the
Hundalee Hill on State Highway 1 south of Kaikoura around
Rescue teams were winched down the 25m bank by helicopter and
others abseiled in to try to find the driver yesterday.
An infra-red camera was also used in the search effort last
night, but to no avail.
Southern police communications shift Inspector Rick Drury
said that as of 11.40am today the man had still not been
The rear trailer of the unit had been recovered from the bank
with a crane this morning and the rest was hoped to be
recovered later today.
The road had reopened following the crash, but was currently
down to one lane, Mr Drury said. It could be closed again
today for periods while the truck was being recovered.
Hurunui Sergeant Graeme Crossan told Radio New Zealand this
morning that a infra-red camera was used to try to locate the
driver last night. However, it gave no indication that the
driver was located beyond the wreckage of the truck.
The most likely scenario was that the driver was under the
wreckage, Mr Crossan said.
"We'll be lifting the truck to confirm [that] or otherwise.
If that's not successful, we've got cliff rescue teams and
Search and Rescue are on standby who will be conducting
physical searches of the cliff banks."
Chances of the driver still being alive were remote due to
the impact of the truck and low 3C temperatures in the area
overnight, he said.
- Brendan Manning of APNZ