Serious crashes across the country

  • 26/10/2015

Three people have been injured in a crash north of Rotorua which tore a vehicle in two.

Two vehicles collided on State Highway 38, at Lake Rotoiti, northeast of Rotorua about 9:30pm yesterday. The impact of the crash tore one of the vehicles into two.

A 20-year-old local man suffered suspected spinal injuries and the BayTrust Rescue Helicopter flew him to Rotorua Hospital, where he arrived in a comfortable condition.

Two others were taken to the hospital by ambulance.

Meanwhile, a woman has died after being struck by a vehicle around 1am this morning near the intersection of Bluff Highway and Omaui Road in Southland. Police say they believe to know the identity of the woman, but her name will not be released until next of kin are informed.

Police are still at the scene and inquiries are continuing.

SH1 has been blocked with no detours in place, but police anticipate they will be removed soon.

About 11am yesterday, two cars and a motorcycle crashed on SH6 in the Whangamoa hills east of Nelson.

Three people were taken to Nelson Hospital, including a 24-year-old Nelson man with a serious leg injury.

The Labour Weekend road toll stood at two on Monday morning. A man died in the early hours of yesterday after he was hit by two trucks while walking on SH39, near Pirongia in the Waikato.

Earlier, a motorcyclist died near Morrinsville on Saturday morning.

The official holiday period runs until 6am tomorrow.

Last year, three people died during Labour Weekend.