A person is dead after the car they were driving collided
with a tree before bursting into flames in Bay of Plenty this
Inspector Peter Raynes, of the police northern communications
centre, said the incident occurred on Thornton Rd, just north
of Whakatane, about 6am.
The vehicle was engulfed in flames after it hit a tree
The driver, the only person in the car, was dead when
emergency services arrived.
Firefighters had extinguished the flames and were assisting
police with their investigation.