Holiday road toll increases after bridge crash

9:20 am on 2 January 2018

A fatal crash on the Maungatapu Bridge in Tauranga in the early hours of the New Year has taken the holiday road toll to 11.

A 69-year-old Tauranga man has died following the crash on SH29A, which happened at around 2.15am and involved two vehicles.

Police said the bridge was closed for a time due to the crash but has since re-opened.

The Serious Crash Unit is investigating.

Meanwhile, a man who was critically injured in a single-car crash in Whangarei died in hospital late yesterday afternoon.

Police said the car rolled and hit a fence on Keyte Street just before 10.30am yesterday morning.

Another person died after a car and a ute collided at Appleby near Nelson.

Police said emergency services were called just after 9pm with reports of the collision on State Highway 60, between Bartlett Road and Blackbyre Road.

A St John spokesperson said five others were injured, two with moderate injuries, and three with minor injuries.

They were all taken by ambulance to Nelson Hospital.

Nineteen people died on New Zealand's roads over the Christmas period last year, the highest toll in four years.

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