Waikato Police are asking anyone who witnessed yesterday morning’s fatal head-on collision on State Highway 25 south of Tairua to come forward.
Thames-Coromandel Strategic Traffic Unit sergeant Jim Corbett says emergency services were called to the scene between Woody Hill and Timata Roads shortly before 7am.
The scene of yesterday morning’s fatal head-on collision south of Tairua. Photo: File
“The crash is still investigation by the Waikato Serious Crash Unit however initial indications are one car has crossed the centreline and collided with an oncoming car in a head-on collision.
“Both vehicles had only one occupant each and both these drivers were initially trapped in the wreckage.
“One of these drivers, 65-year-old Whitianga man Peter Boyce Hutchings, died at the scene and on behalf of NZ Police I would like to extend our sympathies to his family.”
Jim says other driver, a 42-year-old Tairua man, was freed from the wreckage by fire-fighters before being flown by helicopter to Waikato Hospital in a critical condition.
SH25 was closed for several hours to allow the recovery and crash investigation operations to be conducted with traffic from Whitianga heading south having instead to be diverted via Coromandel.
“Officers spoke to a number of people at the scene yesterday however we are keen to speak to anyone else who may have witnessed the crash but not yet spoken to Police."
Anyone with information can contact sergeant Jim Corbett at the Thames Police Station on 07-867-9600.