A 72-year-old man has died in a car crash in the central North Island early this morning.
Emergency services were called to the intersection of Taumarunui-Ngapuke and Pungapunga roads at Ngapuke, 10km east of Taumarunui about 1.30am.
Sergeant Paul Dowie said the man's car came off the road, hitting a tree. The man died at the scene.
He said there were no other vehicles involved in the accident and the cause of the crash is not yet known.
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Meanwhile one person in is a serious condition after their vehicle hit a bank on State Highway 3 near New Plymouth.
Emergency services were called to the scene south of the town on Junction Rd at 6.40am today.
A person was seriously injured after being thrown from the car, said police.
Two nurses who arrived on the scene provided first aid while waiting for the ambulance to arrive.
- Herald Online and APNZ staff