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Holiday road toll climbs

Published: 10:58AM Saturday December 24, 2011 Source: ONE News

The holiday road toll has risen to four tonight, following four separate fatal accidents.

Ambulances have confirmed to ONE News that one person is dead after a car crash in Geraldine in Canterbury.

Shortly after midday today, police attended a fatal crash on State Highway 3, South of Waitara, in Taranaki where a woman was killed after her car collided with a light truck, near the intersection of Richmond Road.

She was the only occupant of the car, while there were two occupants in the truck, both of whom were uninjured.

Police have not determined the cause of the crash, but say speed and alcohol are not believed to be factors.

Diversions are in place around the scene, and the Police Serious Crash Unit is conducting a scene examination.

Earlier this morning a man died in Counties Manukau after losing control of his car.

Police and other emergency services attended the accident on Waiuku Road between Wily Road and Titi Road.

The crash happened about 8am, and police say the car appears to have drifted off the road and it then hit a totara tree.

The driver was flung from the vehicle. No other vehicle was involved.

In Christchurch, one person is dead after a car ran into the Avon River off New Brighton Road at about 4am.

The age and name of the person is yet to be released.

The road toll for the year currently stands at 271, down significantly from last year's total of 369 for the same period.

The holiday road toll period began at 4pm yesterday and ends at 6am on January 4.

Last year, 12 people died, 83 were seriously injured and 298 suffered minor injuries during the Christmas holidays.

Two car crashes, many injured

Three people are injured, one seriously, after a collision near Aoraki/Mt Cook.

The crash happened at about 4:40pm today.

Two helicopters, one from Dunedin and another from Christchurch two help with the crash.

The person who was seriously injured was flown to Dunedin hospital, while the Christchurch helicopters were taking two moderately injured people, to Christchurch and Timaru hospitals.

Meanwhile, one person has critical injuries after a collision on State Highway One at Kawakawa in the Far North today also.

Police say the two vehicles involved were travelling in opposite directions when one veered into the path of the other.

One ended up in a ditch and the other came to rest on the southbound lane, blocking traffic.

One passenger has critical injuries, and four others are moderately injured. All have been taken to Bay of Islands Hospital by ambulance.

Only one lane is open and it is being used to filter traffic through in both directions. The road is expected to be fully opened within an hour or two.

Motorists are asked as well to avoid this area if at all possible as there is a backlog of traffic.

Death by train

A person has died after being hit by a train in Te Kuiti early this morning.

The accident happened at the northern end of the town, near Hospital Road, at 1.33am.

There are delays as trains on the main railway line have been stopped.

Specialist search and rescue staff have been called from Hamilton to assist in the scene examination, together with photographers.

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