Man killed in crash near Christchurch

An elderly motorist has died after driving through an intersection near Kaiapoi, north of Christchurch, this afternoon.

The man, in his 70s, died at the scene after his vehicle was hit by a car, and then a truck, at the intersection of Giles Road, South Eyre Road and Tram Road, west of State Highway 1 about 1.35pm.

Police said initial enquiries indicated he was driving south on Giles Road and travelled through the intersection with Tram Road.

His car was struck by a car travelling west on Tram Road, and then hit again by a following truck.

Road conditions at the time were wet and slippery, police say.

The driver, sole occupant of the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.

No other injuries have been reported.

Road closures are in place around the intersection, and are expected to remain in place until 4pm.

The name of the deceased will not be released until next of kin have been notified.


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