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The car involved in yesterday’s fatal car crash just north of Glenavy on State Highway 1 was taken to Timaru so the Fire Service could extract the body of the crash victim, says the Waimate Volunteer Fire Brigade chief.
Duncan Lyall’s crew were at the crash site yesterday morning along with a truck and tanker from the Glenavy Volunteer Fire Brigade.
Mr Lyall said his team’s first impressions of the crash scene could be summed up as "not nice".
One person was killed and another seriously injured in the collision between the car and a tanker just north of Pikes Point Rd.
Fonterra’s global operations chief operating officer, Robert Spurway, said the company had worked closely with emergency services throughout the morning and would continue to liaise with police during the investigation.
"Our thoughts and sympathies are with those impacted by this tragic accident.
"This is also a difficult time for our tanker operator, and we will be ensuring our people gather around him so that he has the right support and care."
A St John spokesman said it was alerted to the crash about 9.40am and two ambulances were sent to the scene, but they did not transport anyone.
The Serious Crash Unit is investigating.
Both lanes on the section of SH1 were closed for much of the day with detours in place.