Fatal crash in Taranaki

An elderly couple have died after they were hit by a car while crossing a Taranaki highway.

St John Central Region district operations manager Ian May said the couple were hit at 2pm today while crossing State Highway 3 near Tongaporutu, a settlement north of New Plymouth.

A passing emergency department doctor was almost immediately on scene and the Taranaki Community Rescue Helicopter attended with two St John intensive care paramedics.

The patients died at the scene.

- By Brendan Manning of APNZ

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