One person is dead after a bus and car collided in Hamilton
Emergency services were called to the intersection of Ulster
St and Forest Lake Rd in Beerescourt at 4.42pm.
They confirmed one person had died and another had been taken
to Waikato Hospital.
Police are investigating the cause of the crash but it was
too early to speculate on what had happened.
The death takes the Christmas holiday road toll to five.
A 4-year-old girl who died when the car her mother was
driving left the road and flipped yesterday was named by
Kahui Matauwhati was pronounced dead at the scene when the
family's Isuzu Bighorn 4WD crashed near Taumarunui in the
central North Island.
Sergeant Paul Dowie said the mother and father, believed to
be in their early 40s, were conscious as they were treated at
"They have crossed the centre line, hit a culvert on the
other side of the road and the vehicle has rolled a couple of
times." he said.
Alcohol and speed did not appear to be factors, he said.
Both parents were taken to Taumarunui Hospital and were
released last night.
They were yet to be interviewed and police enquiries were
continuing, Mr Dowie said.
An 11-month-old girl died on Saturday when the van her mother
was driving left the road on the Kapiti Coast, flipping up to
six times before landing on its roof.
The woman, in her early 30s, was flown to Wellington hospital
in a serious condition.
The baby's father, a passenger in the van, escaped the crash
with minor injuries.
One person died and two others were injured in the head-on
crash about 3.30pm between Te Anau and Mossburn in Southland
Car passenger Sandy Paul Waenga Brown, 21, from Paua, was the
first person killed in the holiday period, in a crash near
Cape Reinga about 2.30am on Christmas Day.
Six people died in the last Christmas and New Year holiday
period which runs from 4pm on Christmas Eve to 6am on January