3 Jun 2019

Fatal motorbike crash brings holiday road toll to five

9:03 pm on 3 June 2019

One person died in motorbike crash near Port Waikato south of Auckland this afternoon bringing the official road toll for Queen's Birthday weekend to five.

But two other fatal crashes are not included in the official figures.

In the Port Waikato crash, the passenger on the motorbike died, and the rider was taken to Middlemore Hospital in a moderate condition.

Earlier, one person died when a car crashed into a building in Papatoetoe, in South Auckland.

And one person was taken to hospital in a serious condition after a two-car crash on State Highway 23 near Whatawhata in Waikato just before 6pm tonight.

One car left the road, trapping its occupant, who was freed by emergency services and taken to hospital. Traffic is being diverted.

On Friday, one person died after fleeing police, the police said they abandoned the chase and the car was later found crashed into a tree.

While the official road toll for the long weekend sits at five - there was a death shortly before the period started on Friday afternoon, and a motorcyclist was killed in a farm accident.

The long weekend officially ends at 6am tomorrow.