Five killed on roads over weekend

Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter respond to a two-car crash in Maungatawhiri. Photo: Auckland...
Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter respond to a two-car crash in Maungatawhiri. Photo: Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust via NZ Herald

Five people have died and multiple others have been injured in crashes on New Zealand roads this weekend.

The fatalities take the road toll to 159 - well ahead of 146 at the same time last year.

Police earler today confirmed that a cyclist was killed in a collision with a vehicle on Washdyke Flat Rd in Timaru about 2.30pm yesterday

This incident follows four crashes in the North Island, the most recent of which claimed a life in Puwera, south of Whangarei this morning and injuring eight others.

The collision between two vehicles happened on State Highway 1, between Maungakaramea Rd and Oakleigh Rise, about 3am. The driver of one car and the sole occupant died at the scene.

There were eight people in the other vehicle, five of whom received serious to moderate injuries, and were taken to hospital by ambulance. Three other occupants had minor injuries, but were taken to hospital for medical assessment.

At 6pm on Saturday, one person died in a two-vehicle collision in Mangere East, at the intersection of Massey and Bucklands Rds.

A witness told The New Zealand Herald that one car was on its roof on Massey Rd and the other car was in the middle of the intersection.

About 90 minutes before that, another person died after a two-vehicle collision on Mangatawhiri Rd in northern Waikato.

Another person, a female, was injured in the crash and transported in a moderate condition to Middlemore Hospital.

Intensive care paramedic Chris Deacon described the scene when they arrived.

"It appears that it was a head-on collision on an open road," he said.

"One vehicle had left the road and was upturned. Its occupant unfortunately died despite emergency services attempts to save them."

Deacon said local fire crew did an excellent job trying to revive them, but were unsuccessful.

On Friday night one person was killed after a two-car crash in Karaka.

Police were called to the crash on Karaka Rd, near Whangapouri and Blackbridge Rds, about 6.15pm. One person died at the scene.

Meanwhile, police have named the woman who died in a crash on State Highway 63, near Speargrass Rd in the Tasman region, on Friday.

She was Tania Maree Anderson (49) from Ashburton.

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