Fatigue factor in fatal crash - police

Last updated 15:22 13/06/2014

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Fatigue is believed to be a factor in the death of a 32-year-old Tokoroa man whose vehicle crashed head-on into a truck and trailer unit this morning.

The man was driving a Ford vehicle on State Highway 1, about 10km from Tokoroa, when it crashed about 3.20am.

 Taupo road policing manager Senior Sergeant Fane Troy said the crash was a timely reminder about not driving when tired.

''From an initial investigation the Ford vehicle has crossed to the incorrect side of the road into gravel before colliding with the truck. Police cannot emphasis enough the importance of not driving when tired and fatigued. Ensure you have enough sleep prior to your journey and if you feel tired stop and rest." 

Speed and alcohol are not believed to be factors in the crash, he said.

The driver of the truck was uninjured.

The truck received moderate damage and the Ford vehicle sustained extensive damage.  

State Highway 1 was closed for two hours while the serious crash unit investigated the scene.

Troy said road and weather conditions at the time were good and the matter had been referred to the Coroner. The Taupö Serious Crash Unit is investigating the cause of the crash. 

The deceased's name will be released once family members have been advised. 

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