Another child dead after Desert Rd crash

Another child dead after Desert Rd crash
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A second young child involved in a crash on Desert Rd in the Central Plateau on Friday has been pronounced dead.

The accident, which involved two cars and two truck-trailer units, happened just before 3:30pm between Waipakihi Rd and Rangipo Intake Rd.

The death brings the Easter road toll to four.

Senior Sergeant Fane Troy said after one child died at the scene, the second passed away in Starship Hospital as a result of their injuries. Both children were correctly restrained in car seats, police say.

Another person remains in critical condition in Waikato Hospital.

In a statement, police urged motorists to watch their following distances as they made their way home as the Easter break comes to a close.

Police won't release the age and gender of the deceased until family have been contacted - many are overseas, so they say it could take some time.

Both the serious crash unit and the commercial vehicle safety team are investigating.