Death toll for horror Taranaki crash rises to seven after death of 8yo

  • Updated
  • 28/06/2018

An eight-year-old girl left critically injured in a crash in Waverly has died from her injuries in hospital.

Six other people died following the crash on Wednesday - four elderly people, a newborn baby and a young father.

The mother of the eight-year-old girl remains in hospital with serious injuries.

It's the worst road crash in New Zealand since 2005 when nine people died after a mini-bus full of tourists hit a timber truck in Matamata-Piako, Waikato.

Newshub reporter Alex Baird is at the scene of the crash and told The AM Show police are still in the process of working out what caused it.

It was a head on collision on a relatively normal piece of state highway - there's a tight corner in the road, but the weather was clear yesterday.