Two people have died and five injured in a series of crashes
across the country today.
A 66-year-old man was killed when the car he was driving
crashed head-on with another car on State Highway 5 between
Taupo and Rotorua this morning.
The smash, which took place at 7.40am just north of Tutukau
Rd, at Waimahana, trapped the 36-year-old male driver of the
second car inside his vehicle. He was later taken to Waikato
Hospital by helicopter with serious injuries.
Barely two hours later, a man died in a one-vehicle crash in
Northland, inland from Taipa, east of Kaitaia.
He died at the scene shortly after the crash, which happened
Elsewhere, three people were injured when a car crashed into
a power pole at 6.30am, causing a fire which spread to a
nearby home and knocked off power to the road.
A car carrying three people crashed on State Highway 1 in
Winchester, between Temuka and Geraldine, in Canterbury.
The fire quickly spread to a neighbouring home, causing
All occupants of the house, believed to be a young family,
managed to escape the fire unharmed.
The three people in the vehicle were treated by ambulance.
Details of their injuries were unknown.
Meanwhile, a person was trapped in a car following a
collision with a horse truck on SH5 Napier-Taupo Rd, near the
intersection of Ellis Wallace Rd, around 12.30pm.
No other injuries were reported, police said. The Lowe
Corporation Rescue Helicopter was sent to the scene.
The highway has not been closed, but motorists have been
warned to expect delays.
Equestrian fans travelling from the Horse of the Year in
Hawkes Bay have been warned to be extra careful on the roads
following the crash, particularly those with horse vehicles.
Around 70,000 people were expected to attend the annual show
in Hastings, and SH2 and SH5 north and south of Hawkes Bay
are likely to be congested as fans and competitors leave this
afternoon, police said.
- Patrice Dougan of APNZ