Waikato man dies in crash near Te Awamutu
A man has died after the car he was driving crashed off a rural road into a ditch in the Waikato.
Police were called to the crash on Kakepuku Road, Pokuru, near Te Awamutu, at 11.10pm on Sunday.
A Subaru stationwagon crashed off the road, killing the driver, Waikato police Senior Sergeant Greg Foster said.
The driver was a 23-year-old man from the local Te Awamutu area.
Foster said a nearby resident heard the smash and called emergency services.
The car was then discovered upright in a ditch on the side of the rural road.
"We are still investigating how it all happened."
Police were still trying to get in touch with the man's family, which could prove difficult, Foster said. Further details about the man would not be released until this was complete.
"While it is too early to say what caused the crash it is a timely reminder to everyone to pull over and rest if you are tired and always ensure that your seatbelt is on," police said.
Three fire crews from Te Awamutu attended the crash, along with a specialist lighting unit from Chartwell, which was used to light up the scene for serious crash investigators.
Police shut down the road for a short time while the scene was mapped out.
About 30 minutes earlier emergency services were called to another crash in Te Awamutu.
A car had crashed into a paddock at the intersection of Golf Rd and Cambridge Rd.
No one was trapped, Northern Fire Communications shift manager Jaron Phillips said, but one person was found sitting in the car.