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Staff member killed when car rolls off hydraulic lift at VINZ testing station

A staff member at the Palmerston North testing station of Vehicle Inspection New Zealand was killed in an accident yesterday.

The Manawatu Standard reports that a vehicle rolled off a hydraulic lift while being examined at the testing station.

It quotes a police officer as saying that three staff members and two vehicles were hit by the car – a 61-year-old man was killed and the other two suffered moderate injuries.

VINZ today issued a statement:

On the 31st October a tragic accident occurred at our Palmerston North testing station. Vehicle Inspection New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Frank Willett comments:

This was a most tragic and unfortunate accident. Management and staff have been deeply affected. We extend our most sincere condolences to the families concerned. Out of respect for the families, we request privacy during these trying times.