Medical event suspected in Stuart St crash

St John ambulance officers, firefighters and police join forces to help at the scene. Photo:...
St John ambulance officers, firefighters and police join forces to help at the scene. Photo: Gregor Richardson

A man who died in a car crash in Dunedin is believed to have had a medical event.

He crashed his late-model Nissan Leaf on Stuart St, between Moana Pool and the Highgate Bridge, about 5.20pm on Monday, and died later that evening.

The man was the only person in the electric vehicle which crashed into a pole.

A senior fire officer praised members of the public who rallied to help at the scene before emergency services got there.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand Senior Station Officer Mark Leonard said several people provided "some really good assistance before emergency services arrived'', including by providing initial first aid for the person in the vehicle.

Other people had also worked to try to stabilise the crashed vehicle to stop it from tipping over, Mr Leonard said.

The police serious crash unit was investigating the cause of the crash.

Police have not yet named the man.



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