14 Oct 2009

Northland man killed after car plunges over bridge

9:00 pm on 14 October 2009

A Northland man has died after his car plunged over the side of a bridge into the Hatea River in Whangarei.

The crash happened just before 3pm on Wednesday at the Kiripaka Bridge near the Whangarei Falls - a popular tourist spot.

Police have spoken to several witnesses to the crash who say the car dropped about 10 metres into the river as it approached the falls, but not washed over.

The man was pulled from the car, but could not be revived. His body has been taken from the scene for a post-mortem.