One dead after car, truck collide on SH2 at Mangatarata in Hauraki District

Initial reports suggest the BMW crossed into the eastbound lane of an oncoming truck and trailer.
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Initial reports suggest the BMW crossed into the eastbound lane of an oncoming truck and trailer.

An Auckland man was travelling home on Wednesday night when his BMW car and a truck collided on State Highway 2 at Mangatarata in Hauraki district, between Waikato and Coromandel.

Emergency services were called to the crash, just south of the Firth of Thames, at 10.30pm.

Both vehicles were ablaze, but Fire Service crews quickly extinguished both. 

Waikato District Road Policing Manager Inspector Freda Grace said the Serious Crash Unit is investigating.

"It's too early to to confirm the cause however initial indications are that the BMW, driven by the Auckland man, has rounded a moderate right hand curve crossing the centre line and colliding with the truck and trailer in the east-bound lane," she said.

Grace said the driver of the BMW was killed in the crash and police are working to advise the young man's family and complete the formal identification process. As a result, his name has not been released. Neither have details of the truck driver's condition been released. 

"Driving conditions in the area at the time of the crash were wet and the roads were slippery. Combined with that, fatigue could have played a factor in what happened, given the BMW driver was three-quarters of the way home from a trip to the Central North Island," Grace said.

"A lot people, when they hear police talk about driving to the conditions, automatically think of wind and rain, but the driving environment is so much more than that. We need to ensure motorists aren't driving tired or impaired and they and their vehicles are fully fit for the road."

SH2 was closed at its intersections with SH27 and SH25, with diversions in place until 9am on Thursday.

 
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