Four people killed in Friday morning crashes

Four people have died in three separate crashes on Friday morning.

Emergency services were called around 12:20am after a truck and car collided at the intersection of Yaldhurst Rd and Russley Rd in Christchurch.

Two people died at the scene, including a 12-year-old child.

The car's other three passengers were seriously injured. Two of the injured are children, the third is an adult.

The serious crash unit is investigating.

A second fatal crash occurred in the North Island's Waipa District around 7am on Friday morning, where a car hit a motorcyclist in Rotoorangi.

One person died at the scene. There are no other reported injuries.

A fourth person died in Nelson around 10am. The cyclist was fatally injured in a crash with a car. Police are at the scene and the road is expected to be closed for some time.

Twenty-six people have died on the roads in the last week. Monday saw nine people killed in a single day, one of New Zealand's deadliest.

It brings the year-to-date road toll to 106.

Another crash in Christchurch saw a pedestrian in his 70s hit by a car, he received leg injuries but was not killed.

Police were called to attend the incident at the Shirley Rd and Marshland Rd intersection just before 7am.


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