Person dies after being hit by car on SH1 in Bay of Plenty, another two dead in Manawatū and Nelson crashes

  • 13/03/2022
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A person has died after being struck by a car on State Highway One near Piarere in the Bay of Plenty.

It's one of three fatal incidents on the roads overnight.

Police were called to the incident at about 8:30pm on Saturday and say the pedestrian was hit by "at least one" vehicle.

It's believed the person was walking on the motorway towards Tirau before being struck.

"Police received several calls from motorists in the area at the time," police said in a statement.

A section of SH1 remained closed until about 4am this morning and an investigation into what happened is ongoing.

In a second fatal incident on the roads, one person died in a crash in Tiakitahuna, Manawatū.

Police say they were called to Rangiotu Road about 2.30am following a report of a single-vehicle crash.

One person was found deceased when police arrived.

The Serious Crash Unit has examined the scene and enquiries into the circumstances of the crash are ongoing.

In a third incident, one person died following a crash in Nelson overnight.

Police say a police car was travelling down Waimea Road at about 1.35am responding to an unrelated incident when a vehicle nearby sped off.

It was found a short time later near the intersection of Rutherford and Examiner Streets, where it had crashed into a tree.

One person died at the scene and two others were seriously injured.

The Serious Crash Unit is examining the scene and there will be cordons in place this morning while staff continue to work.