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Serious crash South Canterbury, 15-20 km detour in place off SH1 all morning


A serious single truck crash has closed State Highway 1 in South Canterbury thismorning, between the Rangitata and Orari Rivers, north of Timaru, potentially until after lunch today.

The crash is near the intersection of Looker Road and the State Highway, just east of Belfield.

The detour route takes drivers southbound onto State Highway 79 Rangitata-Orari Bridge Highway, then back to Winchester-Geraldine Road, with the reverse detour for drivers heading north.

NZ Transport Agency Journey Manager Lee Wright thanked drivers for factoring in extra time for this journey this morning given the length of the detour route.

Traffic map

Ways to find out what is happening on the highway network:

Facebook NZ Transport Agency South Island(external link)

See the NZ Transport Agency's travel and traffic page here.(external link)

Call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS 0800 44 44 49

Twitter link) (Canterbury/ West Coast(external link)) link) (Otago Southland twitter page(external link))