10 Jun 2021

Police name four who died in Ashburton crash

5:30 pm on 10 June 2021

Police have named the four people who died in a crash near Ashburton last week.

The scene of a crash where four people died after a truck and van collided near Ashburton.

Photo: RNZ / Nate McKinnon

They were Jonathan Campbell, 54, of Auckland; Avinash Chand, 33; Sheryll Cairns, 66; and Donald Wallace, 61, all of Christchurch.

They died after a truck and van collided on Cochranes Road and Wakanui Road in Elgin.

Area Commander Inspector David Gaskin last week told RNZ it appeared the van went through a controlled intersection as the truck passed in a "moment's carelessness".

"This is an absolute tragedy," Gaskin said.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing.