Three die in lower North Island crashes

TALIA SHADWELL
Last updated 17:00 10/07/2014
Western Lake Road joins East-West Access Rd at the south end of Lake Wairarapa
CALEB HARRIS/ Fairfax NZ

WRECKAGE: The damaged vehicle was removed from the accident scene at the south end of Lake Wairarapa.

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Three people have died as a result of two vehicle crashes in the lower North Island this afternoon.

Emergency services were called to attend a single-car crash at 2.10pm in South Wairarapa.

One man was dead at the scene. An injured person received CPR from paramedics at the scene, but later died, a spokesman for the central district police said.

The men were aged 15 and 19, police said.

Emergency services had to free their bodies from the wreckage, and the vehicle was removed for inspection.

The car they were in appeared to have crashed into a tree near where Western Lake Road joins East-West Access Rd at the south end of Lake Wairarapa, police said.

The deaths came just hours after the death of a quad bike rider in in Whanganui.

The 38-year-old man was injured in the single-vehicle crash at 12.35pm on Hood Street in the Whanganui suburb of Castlecliff.

He was taken to Whanganui Hospital for surgery but died as a result of his injuries, police confirmed.

Witnesses to that crash are urged to call constable John Redley at the Whanganui Police Station.

Related: Two critical after Hawke's Bay crash

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