One dead in crash near Hamilton

SHATTERED: Damage to the GoBus as police investigate an evening collision with a pedestrian on Norton Rd.
SHATTERED: Damage to the GoBus as police investigate an evening collision with a pedestrian on Norton Rd.

The poor start to road safety week continued after a woman was killed following a crash involving four vehicles near Te Awamutu.

Police were called to State Highway 3, Ohaupo, north of McFall Road, about 24 kilometres south of Hamilton city tonight.

Police arrived at the scene to discover the collision involved vehicles travelling in opposite directions on the busy road.

"As a result of the impact a female occupant of one of the vehicles sustained fatal injuries".

Another person was taken to Waikato Hospital with minor to moderate injuries.

Waikato road police sergeant Dave Reid said initial investigations suggested one vehicle was travelling north and three vehicles were travelling south when the crash occurred. 

"The vehicle travelling northbound collided with all three (southbound) vehicles and as a result the person who was in that (northbound) car is deceased,’’ he said.

"At the moment it is being investigated by the serious crash unit. We don’t have any witnesses to the actual crash.’’

Reid said police had not confirmed the identity of the dead woman.

"At the moment we have an open mind on it because we just don’t know. People have seen the result of the crash, not the crash."

In an earlier incident, a male pedestrian was taken to hospital with serious injuries after he and a bus collided in the central business district.

Sergeant Phil Ruddell of the Hamilton City Prevention Group said the man was hit by the bus while crossing Norton Rd from Founders Theatre in the direction of Seddon Park.

Two city workers had finished work for the day and were walking along Norton Rd when they heard a noise from the bus as the driver made an attempt to avoid the collision.

"As I turned around I saw him through the door and I saw his head go, boof, through the window,’’ the witness said.

He watched as the man hurtled from the shattered windscreen of the bus and tumbled down the road.

"There was 100 per cent, no chance he was going to get across the road," he said. 

The pair ran towards the accident scene where others were gathering and then headed for the St John base on Seddon Rd to get help.

"He got hit pretty hard."

They said the bus was well within the speed limit but with oncoming traffic it had nowhere to go.

Police and St John staff attended the scene and treated the man and took him to Waikato Hospital.

None of the passengers on the bus were injured but one was treated by St John staff at the scene. They continued their journey on a minibus with GoBus staff.

Waikato Times