Woman dead after car and truck crash

A woman is dead after a car and truck collided in Waikato today.

The crash happened at an intersection in Eureka, 20km northeast of Hamilton, about 12.40pm.

District road policing manager Inspector Leo Tooman said the truck driver was shaken but not injured.

The fatality comes two days after a 45-year-old woman was killed and her 9-year-old son seriously injured when she pulled out in front of a tar tanker at an intersection near Cambridge.

Just hours before that crash, another woman was critically injured when a car and truck crashed on State Highway 25 near Pipiroa, 15km southwest of Thames.

Mr Tooman said police were particularly concerned at three crashes involving cars and trucks in quick succession.

"It's too early to speculate on the cause of this latest tragedy but what we do know is heavy transport vehicles are very large and quite difficult to stop in an emergency and, as such, should be afforded a good deal of respect and caution when encountered, we need to do all we can to prevent such tragedies for all our sakes,'' he said.

- APNZ

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