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Police say emergency services responded to a serious crash in Ashburton, Canterbury, on Friday.
The crash involved a crash between a Truck and Van carrying multiple passengers at around 9.30am this morning,
The incident occurred on Cochrane Road near Wakanui Road.
Media were advised to attend a media standup with Area Commander Inspector David Gaskin, who released further details surrounding the crash at 11.50am.
Multiple fatalities and multiple injuries were reported.
Four people died as a result. Three died at the scene, while one subsequently died at Ashburton Hospital.
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Two adult occupants who were in the van, travelling from the North Island, sustained injuries — one crucial and the second being serious.
The driver of the truck sustained moderate injuries.
thisquality understands the van had gone through a controlled intersection and crashed with the truck.
“Given the serious nature of this crash, the formal identification process of those who have died is likely to take some time,” said Inspector Gaskin.
“It’s been an awful start to the weekend here in Canterbury, with one person deceased in a crash in Riccarton Road this morning. Any death on our roads is too many, and crashes like these are also devastating for our staff and our local communities.”
“Going into the long weekend, we would urge people to think carefully when they get behind the wheel – put down the cellphone, don’t drive impaired, drive to a safe speed, and wear your seatbelt.”
Diversions were in place for some time as an investigation into the crash followed.
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