The driver of the Nissan car who died in a three vehicle collision on State Highway 2, Apata, Tauranga yesterday has been named.

He was Peter Curnow, aged 78 of Tauranga.

Western Bay of Plenty head of road policing Senior Sergeant Ian Campion said police enquiries were continuing and no further information was available at this time.

Mr Campion urged drivers to take extreme care on State Highway 2 between Bethlehem and Athenree as this was the fourth fatality on this stretch of road this year.