Attributable to Inspector Simon Feltham, Marlborough Area Commander:
An investigation is ongoing into the circumstances of the fatal crash south of Picton yesterday in which seven people died.
Police can confirm that one of the deceased was the driver of the van at the time of the crash.
As such, the matter will be referred to the Coroner in due course.
Police's focus remains on gathering information to assist the Coroner, and on supporting the victims in this crash and our first responders.
Two people remain in Wellington Hospital, one in serious condition and one in a serious but stable condition.
Issued by the Police Media Centre