A 65-year-old man has died after a car and a truck collided in Southland today.

The crash happened near the Oyster Factory on Bluff Road between Bluff and Invercargill, about 7.20am, Senior Sergeant Craig Brown said.

The car, with two people inside, was travelling south towards Bluff when it appeared to hit the back of a truck and trailer unit, which was travelling in the same direction.

Mr Brown said the crash happened near roadworks just outside the northern boundary of Bluff, Mr Brown said.


The man, the car's passenger, died at the scene.

The driver of the car was taken to Southland Hospital with minor to moderate injuries, while the truck driver was shaken but uninjured and was treated at the scene by ambulance staff, Mr Brown said.

Traffic was blocked for about four hours while the scene was examined and the vehicles removed. The man's name would be released after next of kin were informed of his death, Mr Brown said.