Fatal crash investigation ongoing
An investigation is continuing into a crash near Whakatane
yesterday that left one person dead.
occurred at 5.45am, 14kms north of Whakatane on Thornton
Road when a northbound vehicle left the road and collided
with a tree, catching on fire. Police, Fire and St.John
staff attended the scene.
The road was closed completely
for about two hours and then one lane was reopened to allow
some traffic flow while emergency services finished their
work at the scene.
Police believe that the driver and
sole occupant of the vehicle was a man in his 20s from
Auckland and have been liaising with the man’s family.
Formal confirmation of his identity however is likely to
take a couple of days and he will not be named until Police
have that confirmation.
The investigation into the cause
will take some time but early indications are that speed was
a likely factor.
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