Search continues for missing truck driver

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 this morning for a truck driver who has been missing since his vehicle crashed off a bank south of Kaikoura early on Wednesday morning.

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

Rescue teams have abseiled and been winched down the 25m bank by helicopter and an infra-red camera has also been used in the search, however the driver is yet to be located.

The extremely damaged truck and trailer unit were lifted up and out of the ravine with the use of a crane yesterday, police said.

Police said it was possible 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 yesterday.

Search teams described the terrain as challenging and the search had been suspended until first light today.

The next phase would involve clearing the debris and freight and search teams will be on site early to recommence the search, police said.

- APNZ

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