One killed, several injured in road crashes

LIB WILSON
Last updated 05:00 08/02/2014

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One person was killed and several injured in two crashes in the northern Bay of Plenty last night.

A two-car crash in Katikati's Main Rd about 6pm left one car on its roof and three people, including a baby, injured.

Initial reports from police said a woman had life-threatening injuries and had been knocked unconscious.

However, her injuries were not as serious as first thought, police northern communications shift inspector Andy Brill later told the Waikato Times.

Three patients from that crash were taken to Tauranga Hospital, two with moderate injuries and one with minor injuries, St John Ambulance northern communications team leader Olive Taylor said.

No other information was available last night.

The crash will be investigated by the serious crash unit.

A further, fatal, crash north of Katikati was discovered seconds after it happened by a patrol car on its way to the first accident.

The car's sole occupant was trapped in the vehicle after it crashed at the intersection of Kauri Point Rd and State Highway 2, about 4 kilometres north of Katikati.

No other vehicles were understood to be involved. Meanwhile, one person was taken to hospital after a two-car crash involving six people in Tirau.

The cars collided at the intersection of State Highway 1 and State Highway 5 just outside Tirau about 5.10pm.

Last night, Waikato police warned drivers in the Coromandel Peninsula area to take extra care on slippery roads.

Rain in the area after a dry spell had made the roads "treacherous" and high traffic volumes meant drivers needed to be especially cautious and needed to adjust to the conditions, police said.

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