One person is still in Southland Hospital after a crash near
Mossburn a week ago which killed one man and injured eight
A 48-year-old man whose leg was broken in the crash was still
in the hospital's surgical ward, Western Southland Police
Senior Sergeant Cynthia Fairley said yesterday.
Nightcaps shearer Michael Gray, a father of five, was killed
when a Toyota HiAce van carrying two shearing gangs crashed
into a bridge buttress, travelled over a ditch and hit a
concrete power pole about 6.45pm last Thursday.
He died at the scene.
A 17-year-old youth who broke his arm and was admitted to
hospital for surgery had since been discharged, Snr Sgt
Fairley said. Six others in the van suffered minor injuries
but did not require hospital treatment.
The crash happened in fine conditions on a straight stretch
of road as the shearing contractors were travelling home to
Ohai from a day's work in Northern Southland.
It was not known yet why the crash occurred, Snr Sgt Fairley
''We are continuing to obtain witness statements and waiting
for the summary from the serious crash investigator and the
vehicle inspection report. Until we get those we can't jump
to any conclusions.''
The reports were not expected until the new year, she said.