Holiday route toll rises to five after pedestrian and truck driver die

Two people died in separate crashes overnight, bringing the number of Christmas-New Year road tolls to five.

A truck driver died at the scene of an accident on Lewis Pass Road in the Lewis Pass.

The single-vehicle accident, involving a truck and trailer, was reported to police just after 3.30am.

Lewis Pass remains closed and diversions are in place in the area.

One person has died after being struck by a vehicle in Auckland last night.

Police said the person was shot on Rosamund Avenue in New Windsor just before 10:30 p.m.

The victim died instantly.

Both accidents are under investigation.

Two other people died in accidents on Christmas Day.

The driver of a car died at the scene of an accident on the SH1 / Taieri Plains freeway, Waihola, Otago.

Another person has died in a motorbike accident at the intersection of Broadley Downs and Gordonton Road, Gordonton, Waikato.

The biker died instantly.

On Christmas Eve, one person died in an accident involving two cars south of Taupō.

Police urge motorists to drive with an emphasis on safety.

Assistant Commissioner Bruce O’Brien said it was too early to determine exactly why these crashes happened, “previous experience suggests that speed, poor decision-making, distractions and lack of stress are likely to appear “.

“It has been an incredibly tragic start to the holiday season on our roads and a number of families will never be the same again.

“Please stay calm and patient on the road, and accept that there will be delays on your trip.”

O’Brien said police will continue to have a visible presence on our roads this summer.

“But we can’t be everywhere and ultimately drivers have a responsibility to keep themselves and their passengers, other road users and themselves safe during this holiday season.”

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