Drivers warned to take care in rain

On the eve of the Waitangi Day holiday Police are urging caution on the region's roads as the first rain in weeks has seen two serious crashes on highways at either side of the Waikato this morning.

District Road Policing Manager, Inspector Marcus Lynam, said the first crash, which happened on Ohaupo Rd near the intersection with Raynes Rd happened about 7am.

"In this crash fire-fighters had to free the driver of one car that had flipped and ended up on its roof following a two car collision.

"We're still working to establish what caused the crash but conditions were wet at the time. When freed the trapped driver was taken to Waikato Hospital by ambulance with minor injuries."

In the second crash emergency services were called to a collision between a school mini-bus and a car on SH2 in the Karangahake Gorge between Paeroa and Waihi about 8.05am.

"The crash happened at the Waihi end of the gorge. Two school children suffered minor injuries in the crash as did one of the drivers involved," Mr Lynam said.

"Traffic has been reduced down to one lane and drivers unable to avoid travelling through the gorge should expect delays."

Mr Lynam said the causes of both crashes are yet to be determined however in both incidents wet weather conditions had been a factor.

"There's been a fair bit of rain across the region over the past two days and that has been the first to Waikato for a few weeks which makes for slippery, treacherous conditions at a time where drivers may have become complacent because of the earlier excellent driving conditions.

"What we're asking is that as the conditions change you change your speed, and be aware that with a mid-week holiday traffic volumes are likely to be high so allow plenty of time to get to your destination."