A man is thought to have driven through a give-way controlled intersection before his car was T-boned by a milk tanker, killing himself and two others, including a child.
The triple fatality crash happened at the intersection of South Eyre and Burnt Hill roads, just south of Oxford in North Canterbury, about 6.35pm on Sunday.
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A car, driven by a man, was travelling north along Burnt Hill Rd and was hit by a milk tanker travelling east along South Eyre Rd.
The man, a woman, and a primary school-aged girl in the car were killed. A fourth passenger, a teenage boy, was seriously injured.
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It’s understood those in the car are from Christchurch and have family overseas. It’s unclear how the occupants are related.
Police have released few details about the crash, including the names of those who were killed.
The intersection is controlled by give-way signs on Burnt Hill Rd.
Central to the police investigation into the circumstances of the crash will be how the driver did not see the milk tanker coming from his left.
There are rows of hedging and trees near the intersection.
This year, 45 people have died on Canterbury roads according to the Ministry of Transport. At the same time last year, 26 people had been killed.
In 2017, 55 people died on Canterbury roads. It was the highest road toll since 2007 when 56 people died. The toll in the region has surpassed 50 only three times since 2000.