Second fatal crash just outside Stratford

Last updated 07:41 24/11/2012

Well-known local Don Drabble died after a crash near Ngaere on State Highway 3

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One person is dead and another injured after a car rolled just outside Stratford.

Police were alerted of the single car crash about 6.20 this morning. 

An ambulance communications spokeswoman said one man was dead at the scene, and the other person was taken to Taranaki Base Hospital in a moderate condition.

It is not yet known what caused the crash, but police were investigating.

The crash happened at the intersection of Climie Rd and State Highway 3 in Ngaere, just south of Stratford.

It is the second fatal in as many days on that particular stretch of highway.

A man killed in a two-car crash in Ngaere on Thursday was a  well-known local Don Drabble.

The 83-year-old died after he pulled out of Cornwall Rd on to State Highway 3 and collided with a northbound vehicle about 6pm.

Drabble had just been awarded a Local Heroes medal on Tuesday night for his contribution to the Eltham community throughout his 83 years.

St John's Ambulance staff worked on Drabble for a short time, however, he died at the scene.

The 51-year-old driver of the other vehicle was taken to Taranaki Base Hospital with minor injuries.

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