The Easter road toll has risen to four following a crash in
A woman died after her car and a truck collided on the
Coatsville Riverhead Highway between the Riverhead turnoff on
State Highway 16 and Old Railway Road, about 7.20am, police
The woman, who was trapped in the car, died at the scene.
No other injuries were reported.
Diversions would be in place for some time as the Serious
Crash Unit processed the scene, police said.
Police have warned motorists they would be out in force today
in a crackdown on speeding, distracted and alcohol-fuelled
drivers as holiday makers head home.
The long weekend got off to a bad start on the roads, with
three deaths within the first 12 hours of the holiday period.
Another three people died as a result of crashes on Thursday
before the start of the official road toll period.
Acting road policing national manager Inspector Nic Brown
said today there would be a higher number of vehicles on the
road and the distances that people were travelling would be
further as they returned from their holiday destinations.
"We know people are going to make mistakes but the thing is,
it shouldn't cost anybody their life or limb," Mr Brown said.
"The indication is with those three fatalities and I don't
want to speculate on specific cases it does come back to your
speed, whether you're wearing a restraint or not. It's really
Last year's road Easter road toll was three, while there were
no deaths in 2012. The highest recorded number of deaths was
21 in 1971.
As with other holiday periods, police have lowered their
tolerance of speeding drivers to 4km/h, and Mr Brown
encouraged drivers to watch their speed and give themselves
time to react.
Easter road toll (holiday period starts at 4pm
Thursday and finishes at 6am tomorrow).
- Yulane Cadigan, a 44-year-old woman from Twizel died died
in a crash on the Fairlie-Tekapo Rd in South Canterbury about
5.20pm on Thursday.
* Helensville woman Alofaifo Afaese, 40, died instantly when
the Mitsubishi Pajero she was travelling in with her husband
and two of their children was involved in a head-on collision
on SH16 west of Kumeu at 7pm on Thursday.
* About 3.15am on Friday, pedestrian Alan Hammond, 80, of
Ashburton, was struck by a vehicle on the Hinds-Rangitata
Highway in South Canterbury.
* A woman died in a collision with a truck at Waitemata about