One dead in highway crash

One dead in highway crash

Bay of Plenty

One person has died and four others have been injured in a crash on SH30 involving a logging truck and two other vehicles.

The crash occurred at approximately 1.25pm at Horohoro. A man from one of the vehicles died and two other occupants of that vehicle have been taken to hospital with injuries. One person from the truck and one person from the third vehicle have also been taken to hospital with injuries. Their conditions are unknown at this stage.

SH30 remains closed between Atiamuri and Rotorua while a serious crash investigation is carried out and the road is cleared. This includes the need to remove a number of logs from the road.

A short time earlier, at approximately 12.30pm, a car collided with a truck on SH5 at Wairakei. One female from the car has been airlifted to hospital with suspected serious injuries.

A road closure was put in place while the scene was examined and the vehicles recovered. The road has now reopened.

Media enquiries should be referred to Communications Manager Kim Perks on 027 235 8256.