Sam Boyer

Sam Boyer is a police reporter for the NZ Herald.

4-year-old killed in crash named

File photo / APN
File photo / APN

One person is dead after a bus and car collided in Hamilton today.

Emergency services were called to the intersection of Ulster St and Forest Lake Rd in Beerescourt at 4.42pm.

They confirmed one person had died and another had been taken to Waikato Hospital.

Police are investigating the cause of the crash but it was too early to speculate on what had happened.

The death takes the Christmas holiday road toll to five.

A 4-year-old girl who died when the car her mother was driving left the road and flipped yesterday was named by police today.

Kahui Matauwhati was pronounced dead at the scene when the family's Isuzu Bighorn 4WD crashed near Taumarunui in the central North Island.

Sergeant Paul Dowie said the mother and father, believed to be in their early 40s, were conscious as they were treated at the scene.

"They have crossed the centre line, hit a culvert on the other side of the road and the vehicle has rolled a couple of times.'' he said.

Alcohol and speed did not appear to be factors, he said.

Both parents were taken to Taumarunui Hospital and were released last night.

They were yet to be interviewed and police enquiries were continuing, Mr Dowie said.

An 11-month-old girl died on Saturday when the van her mother was driving left the road on the Kapiti Coast, flipping up to six times before landing on its roof.

The woman, in her early 30s, was flown to Wellington hospital in a serious condition.

The baby's father, a passenger in the van, escaped the crash with minor injuries.

One person died and two others were injured in the head-on crash about 3.30pm between Te Anau and Mossburn in Southland yesterday.

Car passenger Sandy Paul Waenga Brown, 21, from Paua, was the first person killed in the holiday period, in a crash near Cape Reinga about 2.30am on Christmas Day.

Six people died in the last Christmas and New Year holiday period which runs from 4pm on Christmas Eve to 6am on January 3.

- NZ Herald

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