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Police search: One dead, five injured while escaping a car in an innocent driver in Christchurch



One person is dead after a police chase ended with a fugitive driver getting into another car in Christchurch.

The person who died was in a vehicle driven by an innocent motorist.

Five more were injured in the collision.

Canterbury Metro area superintendent Lane Todd said: "This is an absolute tragedy and a terrible outcome."

The search began when a Toyota vehicle at about 4 a.m. failed to stop for police on Papanui Rd.

One of the damaged cars is being removed from the scene. Photo / Rachel Das
One of the damaged cars is being removed from the scene. Photo / Rachel Das

Police chased the vehicle through residential streets for four minutes, Todd said.

"At the intersection of Glandovey Rd and Idris Rd, Toyota collided with a Hyundai operated by a member of the public.

"The driver and sole occupant of Hyundai sustained critical injuries and was transported to a hospital where they sadly died.

"There were five passengers in Toyota. Initial indications are that one passenger sustained critical injuries and the other four sustained moderate to moderate injuries."

One of the vehicles involved in a serious accident at the intersection of Idris and Glandovey Rd. Photo / Geoff Sloan
One of the vehicles involved in a serious accident at the intersection of Idris and Glandovey Rd. Photo / Geoff Sloan

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One vehicle stopped near a traffic light. Photo / Rachel Das
One vehicle stopped near a traffic light. Photo / Rachel Das

A spokesman for St. John's said six people were taken to the hospital, including two critically ill, three critically injured and one with moderate injuries.

"We have no indication who is from which vehicle or age or gender of patients," the spokesman said.

There were five ambulances and two vehicles on the scene of the crash.

The serious casualty unit is investigating the scene and an independent police enforcement directorate will be notified, police said.

The intersection of Glandovey Rd and Idris Rd will be closed for several hours, with a slope in place.

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