Driver still missing 24 hours after crash

A picture of the crash site taken from the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
A picture of the crash site taken from the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

A search will continue throughout the evening for a truck driver who has been missing since his vehicle crashed off a bank south of Kaikoura more than 24 hours ago.

The freight truck he was driving crashed off the road on the Hundalee Hill on State Highway 1, south of Kaikoura about 5.30am yesterday.

Rescue teams were winched down the 25m bank by helicopter and others abseiled in to try to find the driver.

Police had earlier believed the man's body could have been trapped under the cab, but it had since been moved and there was no sign of the driver, a police spokesman said today.

A search would continue overnight for the man, he said.

- APNZ

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