Third fatal crash in horror day on the road

CARTERTON, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 07:  Police stand guard at the cordon near the accident site on January 7, 2012 in Carterton, New Zealand. Emergency services attended a hot air balloon crash that has killed 11 people in the early hours of Saturday near the Wairarapa plains town of Carterton. The balloon burst into flames and crashed killing all aboard.  (Photo by Marty Melville/Getty Images)
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A fourth person has died in a horror 24 hours on New Zealand roads.

The fatality occurred in a head-on collision involving a truck on State Highway 1, near Moneymore Road, south of Milton, on Friday afternoon.

The road is closed and motorists should expect delays in the area.

On Thursday night, a 51-year-old cyclist died in Te Atatu, Auckland, while a 15-year-old unlicensed driver and her 25-year-old passenger were also killed in a collision at Dairy Flat, Auckland, about 9:40pm.

The provisional road toll for 2017 at1pm Friday was 343, 41 more than the road toll for all of 2016.