A man has pleaded guilty to careless driving causing the deaths of three Higgins road workers near Whakatāne in February.
David Cox hit a Higgins truck on State Highway Two on February 26, shunting it, and causing it to roll into a culvert where the men were working. They were fatally injured.
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The three men who died in the crash are Dudley Sole Raroa, 55, David Reginald Te Wira Eparaima, 55 and Haki Graham Hiha, 40.
On Wednesday, Cox wiped away tears as he pleaded guilty to the offences.
Judge David Cameron urged him to take part in restorative justice.
"Mr Cox will be sentenced according to his culpability, and his culpability is his carelessness, even though a life has been lost."
Outside court, an emotional person yelled that Cox should go to jail. Other family members could be seen hugging and crying.
Cox will be sentenced on June 19.