Four dead after crashes on NZ roads

10:43 am on 6 February 2016

Four people have died after three separate crashes on New Zealand roads overnight.

Police car at a check point in Mana, Wellington.

Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson

Two men died after their cars collided head-on near Hamilton, a motorcyclist died from his injuries after a crash in New Plymouth, and a 23-year-old man was thrown from his car and killed after failing to take a bend near Ohakea.

Waikato police said the accident that ended in a double fatality occurred on Horotiu Rd, Te Kowhai, at about 10pm.

A female passenger was taken to Waikato Hospital with serious injuries.

In a second crash, a male driver lost control of his vehicle while rounding a right hand bend on Tangimoana Road near Ohakea at about 2.40am.

Police said he was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene as a result of his injuries.

And a 51-year-old motorcyclist who crashed on Centennial Drive in New Plymouth at 9pm last night has died from his injuries in hospital.

Two people were critically injured and another two were in a serious condition after two cars also crashed near Wellsford north of Auckland early this morning.