One person died and five others were injured in crashes
across the country over the weekend.
Two men suffered critical injuries after a head-on collision
between quad bike and motorcycle on a remote track north of
Wellington on Saturday.
Rescue helicopters from Wellington and Palmerston North were
called to Karapoti in the Akatarawa Forest, north of Upper
Hutt, about 12.30pm.
Life Flight Rescue Helicopter crewman Colin Larsen said the
men were believed to be in their 20s.
They were flown by both rescue helicopters to Wellington
Hospital's emergency department and were set to be
transferred to the hospital's Intensive Care Unit.
The crash happened at a "slight bend" on the forestry track,
Mr Larsen said.
Members of the public discovered the crash and alerted
"The guys who came across the accident did well in getting
some out - they had to ride about 20km back out to the
Karapoti carpark to get coverage."
After getting a good description of where the crash happened,
one of the rescue helicopters was able to land about 150m
from the scene.
Meanwhile, on Saturday a car slid 80m before smashing into
two cars that had already crashed on a busy Northland
highway, leaving one passenger dead and three others injured.
The car was travelling south on State Highway 10 at Kerikeri
when it hit two cars sprawled across the road outside the
Kerikeri Farm Hostel.
An 18-year-old German backpacker ran to the scene of the
first accident and was distressed to witness the fatal crash,
a hostel worker said.
One person died at the scene and Northland Rescue Helicopter
took two teenage girls with serious injuries to Whangarei
A 21-year-old male driver was taken to Bay of Islands
Hospital with moderate injuries.
Condition updates of those injured in the crashes were not
In Wellington, traffic was brought to a standstill in the
central city on Saturday after a vehicle came off the back of
a tow truck and landed on its roof on the road.
The crash happened on Jervois Quay about 10.45am, Inspector
Marty Parker of central police communications said. A witness
said it appeared that a car had come off a tow truck.