One man still in hospital

One person is still in Southland Hospital after a crash near Mossburn a week ago which killed one man and injured eight others.

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 said.

''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.



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