One death in weekend of carnage

RACHEL THOMAS
Last updated 07:58 06/01/2014
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Serious injuries: A woman was seriously injured in this crash on SH1 at Oraunui after a car carrying a trailer clipped a truck and rolled.

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One person is dead and several injured after a series of crashes in the greater Waikato at the weekend.

About 10pm on Saturday a foreign motorcyclist was killed when his bike collided with a vehicle travelling in the opposite direction on State Highway 1 in the Taupiri area, north of Hamilton.

No one in the car was injured. Police said it could be some time before his name was released as they needed to contact family overseas.

A woman was yesterday taken to hospital after being cut from a vehicle following a serious crash on SH1 near Putaruru.

Meanwhile, two people were involved in the two-car smash near Lichfield, in the South Waikato, just before 2pm yesterday.

Fire communications shift manager Scott Osmond said two people sustained serious to moderate injuries.

Traffic diversions were in place for some time while emergency services worked to free a woman, who was trapped inside for some time.

A serious crash near Taupo yesterday afternoon blocked a lane on SH5 for more than an hour.

"The driver became incapacitated due to a medical condition and the car went off the road," said Inspector Peter Raynes, of police northern communications. The incident happened near Mountain Rd around midday.

It was one of several crashes in Taupo at the weekend with a woman having to be airlifted to Rotorua Hospital with serious injuries following a crash on Saturday. Emergency services were called to SH1 at Oraunui, north of Taupo, about 9.30am after a car carrying a trailer clipped a truck and rolled. BayTrust Rescue Helicopter base manager Barry Vincent said there were two people in the car, with a 62-year-old Wellington woman suffering chest injuries.

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