Man dies in central Dunedin crash

Emergency services at the scene this morning. Photo Gerard O'Brien
Emergency services at the scene this morning. Photo: Gerard O'Brien

A 37-year-old Dunedin man died in a crash on Dunedin's one-way system this morning.

Emergency services were called to the crash on Great King St, where a car ended up on the footpath, north of Otago Museum near the intersection with Union St, just after 7am.

The crash closed the northbound one-way until about 9.30am, disrupting traffic.

Police said in a statement just before 11.30am that a 37-year-old Dunedin man died after the vehicle he was in collided with a power pole.

They could not comment on the precise cause of the man's death or whether he had suffered a medical event until there had been a post-mortem.

Three ambulances were called to the scene.

Police said in a statement they were called to the scene of the "serious crash" at 7.06am.

The Serious Crash Unit had been advised.

Police had removed the car from the scene by 9.30am when the re-opened the road to traffic.

The NZ Transport Agency earlier advised the road was closed to northbound traffic at Albany Street.

It issued an update at 9.50am saying the road had been reopened.

An Aurora Energy spokesman said the car hit a streetlight and there was no power outage as a result.

"Aurora Energy’s contractor Delta attended the scene to remove the damaged column and make safe.  There will be a brief outage this evening to about 40 nearby customers to repair a damaged fuse box. A new streetlight column will be installed in the near future and no power outage should be required for this work,” he said.

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