A 22-year-old man is dead and three others seriously injured
after an overloaded car lost control and landed in a ditch in
Dargaville early this morning.
Police said the Subaru sedan carrying seven passengers lost
control on a moderate S-bend on Pouto Rd in Aoroa, south of
Dargaville, about 1.35am.
The car landed on its roof in a deep ditch at the side of the
Alcohol and speed were believed to be contributing factors.
A 22-year-old local man died at the scene.
Three male passengers with serious injuries were airlifted to
Northland Base Hospital. Another three males with moderate
injuries were taken to Dargaville by ambulance.
Police said the weather at the time of the crash was fine,
the road was dry and the traffic was light.