LATEST: Four crashes on Taranaki roads left a woman dead and two people in hospital yesterday.
A 47-year-old Okato woman died on the side of the road when her motorcycle crashed near Opua Rd around 11am.
Passing motorists and emergency services administered CPR for more than half an hour but failed to save the woman.
At the time, the Opunake ambulance was delivering a 24-year-old Opunake man with arm injuries to Taranaki Base Hospital after his car hit a concrete wall at the corner of State Highway 45 and Arawhata Rd around 9:30am.\
Around 5:45am a 19-year-old male was taken to hospital with moderate head injuries after crashing into a brick fence between Rata St and Nikau Pl in Hawera.
At 4am a woman fell asleep at the wheel of her car on the Tangahoe bridge and crashed into a culvert, but was uninjured.
St John's operations manager Ian May said the Okato motorcyclist appeared to have died on impact.
He said bystanders, an ambulance officer with the Fire Service and an off-duty paramedic had performed CPR and tried to resuscitate the woman while waiting for the ambulance to return from the Arawhata Rd crash.
"It is an unusual and infrequent situation that sees two serious accidents occurring within 1 km of each other, in this rural area, within such a short timeframe."
The ambulance arrived 37 minutes later.
The Okato woman is understood to have been heading north towards Rahotu with two other motorcyclists believed to belong to a coastal motorcycle group.
Sergeant Kim Severinsen said the woman's name would be released after her family are notified.
Mr Severinsen said it looked like she had failed to take a corner.
''In the wet conditions she's slipped off the road.''
He said it was possible the woman had hit a signpost.
''We're yet to establish whether she's hit that or not. Certainly the post has been broken off, whether its a result of the accident I can't confirm.''
He said bad weather was likely to have been a factor in both crashes on State Highway 45.
''Early signs are that poor weather conditions have been a major contributing factor.''
South Taranaki was bombarded with heavy rain for several hours yesterday morning and water had pooled on the road between New Plymouth and Opunake.
At the scene a motorbike was lying on its side next to a farm fence and a small orange tent had been set up nearby.
The road was not closed.
Mr Severinsen said the Serious Crash Unit will be investigating.
One of the motorists who stopped to help said she had been driving slowly because of the weather when the motorcycles passed her.
''When they passed us there was three of them. I was going 40km on the 100km and they just crept past me so speed wasn't a factor and she was actually driving ok. They were not driving fast and they were not being silly.''
Mr Severinsen said the crash near Arawhata Rd had been a combination of driver error, the weather and the state of the car.
''The tyre tread might have been a bit low.''
He said the Opunake man's southbound Ford laser failed to take a bend in the road and crossed the centreline before crashing into a concrete wall.
The driver was the sole occupant of the car and no other vehicles were involved.
''It's a reminder for people to be careful and drive to the conditions. It can so easily happen."
On Friday morning around 8:30am in North Taranaki, a woman in her early 20s suffered serious chest and spinal injuries after her car left the road, became airborne and sustained significant damage on State Highway 3 near Mimi.
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