Shortly after 7.30am this morning emergency services were alerted to a serious crash involving two vehicles on SH75 Christchurch-Akaroa Road at McQueens Bridge in Gebbies Valley.
Sergeant Paul Piper said “Early indications are that the driver of a Toyota Surf, who was travelling towards Christchurch, has lost control as it crossed McQueens Bridge where there was a large patch of black ice and has spun into the path of a school bus travelling in the opposite direction. The female driver and sole occupant of the Toyota was confirmed deceased at the scene.”
The death has been referred to the Coroner. The victim’s name will be released when the process to inform the next of kin has been completed.
The male driver and sole occupant of the school bus was trapped for approximately an hour before being extricated by members of the local NZ Fire Service. He was taken to Christchurch Hospital by Westpac Rescue Helicopter with moderate injuries.
SH75 Christchurch-Akaroa Road was closed for approximately four hours while Canterbury Serious Crash Unit completed a scene examination and the area was cleared.
“Black ice is extremely dangerous and with forecasts of more heavy frosts in the coming days it is important that all road users take extra care when travelling on state highways, rural and residential roads in the District” says Sergeant Piper.
Issued by: Lisa-Marie Brooks, District Communications Manager, Canterbury Police District. Mobile: 021 942 404