A fatal crash in Taumarunui today has taken the holiday road
toll to three.
A 58-year-old man was killed in a single-vehicle crash
shortly after 1pm.
The accident occurred five kilometres north of Taumarunui on
State Highway 4. No one else was in the vehicle at the time.
The man was from Taumarunui.
Three people have now died on the roads since the official
holiday road toll began at 4pm on Christmas Eve. It finishes
at 6am on January 3.
Last year 19 people died and 381 were injured in crashes
during the official Christmas holiday period.
A young man was killed following a serious car crash in
Southland early this morning.
The crash happened 200 metres east of the Lorneville-Dacre
highway, north of Invercargill, about 6.30am.
Senior Sergeant Dave Raynes said a 24-year-old man was found
dead at the scene. He was the sole occupant of a Honda
Police closed part of the highway while a scene examination
took place. It was unclear what had caused the accident.
No other vehicles were believed to be involved and the man's
name was yet to be released.
Meanwhile, a 71-year-old woman became the first holiday
period fatality after dying at the scene of a two-car crash
in Hamilton on Christmas Day.
The elderly woman was a rear passenger in a car that collided
with a ute at the intersection of Te Rapa Rd and Avalon Dr
Four of her family members were taken to Waikato Hospital,
police Sergeant Phil Ruddell said.
Police later located a suspended driver who allegedly fled
the crash site after a member of the public followed the
fleeing car and helped police track its 26-year-old female
driver to a Pukete address.
Both the woman and the driver of the other car would be
interviewed after receiving medical treatment.
Mr Lynam said it was too early to determine fault or whether
charges would be laid over the crash.
Heavy lifting cranes were brought in today after a car
collided with a milk tanker near Marton.
The accident happened about 3am, blocking State Highway 3.
The collision sent the tanker into a ditch. The car's driver
suffered serious leg injuries and had to be cut out by fire
Motorists in the lower North Island were being urged to be
patient today following reports of heavy traffic on State
Police Shift Commander Sergeant Andy Dow said the congestion
appeared to be linked to Boxing Day events and nice weather.
Sergeant Dow urged motorists to drive to the conditions and
A three-year-old toddler was killed at Hatepe near Taupo
about 9pm on Christmas Eve when he was runover in a driveway.
However the death does not count towards the official holiday
road toll as the accident did not happen on a public road.