Man killed, man hurt in separate accidents

Last updated 23:07 11/01/2014

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One Auckland man has died after a road crash while another was seriously hurt in an accident at a Taupo racetrack.

The dead man was a motorcyclist who died after a crash in Maramarua this afternoon.

Emergency services were called to the scene of the crash at the intersection of Kopuku Rd and Symes Rd, Maramarua about 3.50pm.

The 31-year-old man was riding north on his Kawasaki Roadbike when it collided with a Toyota Hilux ute which was turning into Symes Rd from Kopuku Rd.

The motorcyclist was airlifted to Auckland City Hospital where he later died.

The driver of the ute was not injured.

Senior Sergeant Gael Mockford said that a large number of serious and fatal crashes in the Waikato was concerning.

"Every serious crash in the Waikato this week has occurred on rural roads. Police are concerned that drivers are becoming too complacent and not identifying risks associated with driving in rural areas," she said.

"Police urge drivers to be vigilant behind the wheel."

This afternoon's crash brings the number of people killed on Waikato roads this month to three.

Seven people died on the roads during the holiday period.

The Serious Crash Unit is investigating the cause of the accident.

Meanwhile, an elderly Auckland man has been seriously injured in a high-speed crash at a Taupo racetrack.

Emergency services were called to an organised car race at the Taupo motor sport park, near Taupo, about 5.30pm.

The 73-year-old man received pelvic and neck injuries and was stabilised on the scene by ambulance staff.

The BayTrust rescue helicopter, based in Rotorua, airlifted the man to Waikato Hospital.


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