One person dead in crash

01:33, Mar 24 2014
Tamahere fatal
FATAL COLLISION: A man died when truck and trailer unit and car collided near Tamahere today.

A person is dead following a fatal collision between a car and truck in the Waikato this afternoon.

The crash occurred around the intersection of Peake Rd and Hautapu Rd, Tamahere, around 12.40pm.

Penno said the sole male occupant of the car died in the crash while the truck left the road and its trailer rolled.

Incident Controller Inspector Jeff Penno said it appeared one of the vehicles had failed to give way.

"The crash is currently under investigation by the Waikato Serious Crash Unit so it is too early to determine which party may have been at fault but what we can say is that one of the vehicles has failed to give way resulting in the loss of one man's life."

"While expressing our condolences to the deceased's family, police would like to highlight this incident as a timely reminder of why we have road rules and the important part they play in keeping all road users safe."

Today's tragedy takes the Waikato's road toll to 13, more than three times the total of four for the year.