Crashes claim lives of two Southlanders

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Police were seen parked alongside a hill in the rural Southland town of Glenham on Monday following a tractor accident which killed a man and left another injured.

TWO Southlanders have died this week as a result of fatal crashes in the region.

A man was killed in Eastern Southland on Monday after his tractor rolled on a farm he was working on.

Police also confirmed an 86-year-old woman died on Sunday following a crash in Invercargill last week.

On Monday, emergency services were called to a rural property in Glenham, about 12km from Wyndham, after reports of a workplace incident involving a tractor at about 11am.

A WorkSafe spokeswoman confirmed a person had died while another was taken to Southland Hospital with moderate injuries.

A St John spokesman said a rescue helicopter and an ambulance were dispatched to the scene, however, the helicopter was not needed.

A neighbour, who wished to remain anonymous, said he learned of the accident when another neighbour came rushing into his home to phone emergency services.

“He came and got me after he heard the tractor go down.”

The tractor had fallen down the hill, directly opposite his property, which was likely due to “slippery conditions”, he said.

He did not know the man, who died, well as he had only recently moved to the family farm in Glenham.

Another neighbour, who lived at the entrance to the rural road, said he heard sirens “speeding past” his home earlier that morning.

“When the ambulance came back down, there were no sirens on.”

Other neighbours in the area said they knew there had been an accident due to the sirens, but did not know the details of what had happened.

In Invercargill on Monday, police confirmed an 86-year-old woman had died following a crash in the city last week.

The two-vehicle crash occurred at the intersection of Morton and Centre Sts at about 3.50pm last Wednesday.

Police said the woman, who was initially taken to Southland Hospital in a critical condition, died on Sunday.

Two cars were involved in the crash – a red Toyota Echo and a dark green Nissan Maxima.

Investigations are ongoing and police would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the crash or the movement of those vehicles before and after the incident.

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