24 Dec 2011

Official holiday road toll at two

5:52 pm on 24 December 2011

The Ministry of Transport says the official holiday road toll stands at two, although three road fatalities have been reported by emergency services.

The ambulance service in Christchurch says a person is dead after a car hit a pole on New Brighton Road and plunged into the Avon River early on Saturday morning.

In Taranaki, a woman died after her car collided with a light truck on State Highway 3 south of Waitara.

Police say the truck driver and passenger were unhurt.

And in Counties Manakau, the sole occupant of a car was killed on Waiuku Road at about 8am on Saturday morning.

Police say the car appears to have drifted off the road and hit a tree, flinging the driver from the vehicle.