Engine launched from car in fatal crash

A man who was killed in a violent road crash that ripped the car's engine out near Tokoroa has been named.

Scott Walker, 47, of Hamilton, was travelling south between Tokoroa and Taupo in a left-hand drive 1969 black Chevrolet Corvette when he crashed shortly after overtaking a truck about 8.45pm yesterday.

The impact on State Highway 1 at Kinleith was so great that the car's engine was torn out and flung 10 metres away from the wreck, Tokoroa Volunteer Fire Brigade chief fire officer David Morris said.

"When we arrived there was a single car off the side of the road and it was pretty mangled up," Morris said.

"It had hit a concrete culvert just off the side of the road and flipped and rolled. The engine was thrown and landed about 10m away from the vehicle."

A man's body was inside, Morris said.

Police conducted a scene examination before Morris and his crew helped to extract the body from the wreck.

An investigation is under way to find out what caused the crash.

Police want to hear from witnesses to the crash or who saw how the vehicle was being driven before the crash.

People with information are asked to contact Tokoroa police on 07 885 0100 or Taupo police on 07 378 6060.

Meanwhile, a motorcyclist died in a collision with a car on the Brynderwyn ranges, Northland, this morning. The crash was reported at 7.30am.

The collision occured on the southern side of the hills just short of the summit.

Motorists can expect delays as police examine and clear the scene.