Police have confirmed five young men were killed in a crash near Timaru last night.
Aoraki Area Commander Inspector Dave Gaskin spoke to media from Timaru Police Station this morning and confirmed five young men – all aged 15 and 16 – have died.
All were Timaru boys.
“Timaru’s a very small community…It is a tragedy and it will reverberate around our community for a long time,” Gaskin said.
Gaskin confirmed one of the dead boys was found in the boot of the car.
He said his thoughts and prayers were with the family of the young men.
“They woke up today to a nightmare that won’t go away,” he said.
Police are yet to speak to the driver.
“Five young boys at that age losing their lives is terrible,” Inspector Dave Gaskin said at the press conference this morning.
The car was overloaded, and police said there were insufficient seats and restraints for the number of people travelling.
The crash happened at an intersection just north of Timaru. The car is understood to have struck a concrete power pole on Seadown Rd. Photo / Kurt Bayer
“To have five lives lost in an instant is a terrible tragedy, and our thoughts are with their families,” Superintendent Steve Greally of the National Road Policing Centre said.
Police said the crash happened at the intersection of Seadown Rd and Meadows Rd in Washdyke, at about 7.20pm.
“This will be extremely devastating,” Timaru mayor Nigel Bowen said.
“It is devastating for the district, and from what I hear, a lot of kids were pretty frantic last night trying to find out if their friends were involved,” he told Newstalk ZB.
“It’s pretty saddening for the community, and something that hasn’t happened in our township for a long time.”