Motorcyclist dies after accident

A motorcyclist has died after colliding head-on with a ute on the Taihape-Napier Rd this afternoon.

The 52-year-old man was taken to hospital in a serious condition about 12.55pm after the crash 30km east of State Highway 1.

The man has since died.

The road has been re-opened for traffic.

The crash comes hours after a serious crash in which eight people, including a baby, were injured on State Highway 5 between Napier and Taupo.

Fairfax Media