Pukaki crash: Fourth person dies

A fourth person has died after a crash near Lake Pukaki.

The crash between two vehicles and a motorcycle happened between Hayman Road and Tekapo Canal Road on Saturday.

Three people died at the scene, two of whom were foreign students from Malaysia.

Another three were airlifted to hospital in a serious condition and two people had moderate injuries.

Police said the fourth person to die was one of those in a serious condition.

They died from injuries overnight.

Police were investigating the crash and working on formally identifying those who died at the scene.

They spoke to several people present at the scene following the crash, but are asking for witnesses to come forward “in order to build a complete picture of what occurred”.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 105 or report online, quoting file number 240331/4655.

The death takes the Easter weekend road toll to seven.

Two Malaysian students were killed in a crash near Lake Pukaki on 30 March 2024.

On Sunday, the Malaysian government confirmed five Malaysian students were involved in the crash.

“The ministry and High Commission of Malaysia stand ready to assist should the next-of-kin decide to repatriate the remains to Malaysia.”

The University of Canterbury said it was “deeply saddened by the passing of two of our students at Pūkaki this weekend”.

Vice-chancellor professor Cheryl de la Rey, in a statement, said two of the university’s students were also injured in the crash.

They are in a stable condition in Christchurch Hospital.

“We will be working directly with Ōtautahi Christchurch’s Malaysian community to ensure they have the support and help they need.”

De la Rey encouraged students and staff to prioritise their wellbeing.

“Our thoughts are with those involved in the emergency service teams, and members of the public, who responded to the scene.”

According to the news on Radio New Zealand

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