Second-deadliest day on New Zealand roads since 2000

Nine people have died in what is the worst single-day death toll on New Zealand roads for more than 15 years - and it's only lunchtime.

The three fatal crashes on Monday resulted in the most lives lost in a calendar day since March 29, 2003.

One horrific crash saw five family members die after their car hit into a tree near Taupo just before 7:40am. The sole survivor - a teenager - is fighting for their life in Waikato Hospital.

Map of Taupo area.
Tirohanga Rd Photo credit: Google Maps

Later that morning, two vehicles collided at an intersection in Ashburton, leaving three people dead and another critically injured.

A teal Astra station wagon was slashed in two from the impact.
A teal Astra station wagon was slashed in two from the impact. Photo credit: Dave Goosselink.
A white ute, which can be seen in the background collided with the station wagon.
A white ute, which can be seen in the background collided with the station wagon. Photo credit: Dave Goosselink.

Finally, a man whose car plunged off the road and into water near Auckland Airport just after 1am passed away from his injuries in Middlemore Hospital later in the day.

Second-deadliest day on New Zealand roads since 2000
Photo credit: Newshub.

The worst day for road deaths since 2000 - March 29, 2003 - claimed 11 lives, while nine lives have been lost on three other occasions in 2000, 2003 and 2005.

One hundred-and-one people have now died on the roads since the start of the year, just behind 2018's death toll after the same period. With 379 fatalities, 2018 was New Zealand's deadliest road toll since 2009.

While weather hasn't been mentioned by police or witnesses as a factor in Monday's accidents, rain is expected to lash most of the North Island over the coming 24 hours.

Meanwhile, one person was taken to North Shore Hospital in a moderate condition after a two-car crash on the Hibiscus Coast Highway just after midday.

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