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Family of man killed after trailer detaches from van says ‘no-one to blame’ –

The son of Akaroa cruise boat captain Julian Yates says his dad was more than just his dad, he was his “best friend and number one companion in life”.



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Julian Yates was on his way to see his mother when a trailer loaded with glass panels detached from a van and smashed into his vehicle.
The popular 52-year-old cruise boat captain and father-of-two from Akaroa, on Canterburys Banks Peninsula, died instantly.
Emergency services were called to the three-vehicle crash on State Highway 7 (Weka Pass Rd) in Hurunui, North Canterbury, at 12.10pm on Friday.
Stuff understands Tim Miller was driving the van along State Highway 7 when the trailer detached…

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