A baby involved in a head-on car crash near Whakatane yesterday has died in hospital.
The child, believed to be four months old, was flown to Auckland's Starship children's hospital from Whakatane Hospital after the Sunday-afternoon crash on the Rangitaiki Bridge along Thornton Road, northwest of Whakatane.
A four-year-old child was flown to Tauranga hospital with serious leg injuries and lacerations to her arm and head. She was also taken to Starship hospital and remains in a stable condition.
Four people including both children were travelling in the car.
It is believed the driver may have fallen asleep at the wheel, before the car collided with a small truck, Trustpower TECT rescue helicopter crew member Liam Brettkelly said.
A 26-year-old woman was transferred to Auckland Hospital and a 63-year-old man and 58-year-old woman were both in a stable condition at Whakatane Hospital.
A doctor at the scene had worked on the baby until emergency services arrived, Whakatane police said.
On January 5 this year a man aged in his 20s died on the same stretch of road after his car left the road and hit a tree.
Meanwhile, a pregnant woman lost her unborn baby after a crash near Whangarei last night.
Police said two people - the pregnant woman and a teenaged boy - were taken to hospital with serious injuries following the two-car crash on Whangarei Heads Rd about 9.20pm.