Hay­wards Hill claims an­other vic­tim

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A treach­er­ous stretch of road link­ing the Kapiti Coast with Hutt Val­ley was last week the scene of the sec­ond loss of life in less than four months.

Up­per Hutt man Richard van der Lin­den, 28, was killed and two other people were taken to hospi­tal af­ter a three-ve­hi­cle crash on State High­way 58 at Hay­wards Hill, be­tween Pau­ata­hanui and Hutt Val­ley, early Thurs­day morn­ing.

The crash closed the road for sev­eral hours.

NZ Trans­port Agency has pledged to look into safety con­cerns over the black spot be­tween Mt Ce­cil Rd and State High­way 2.

Be­tween 2009 and last year, two deaths and 14 se­ri­ous in­jury crashes hap­pened there.

‘‘[We] will be car­ry­ing out an im­me­di­ate and full in­ves­ti­ga­tion in con­junc­tion with other road safety au­thor­i­ties to un­der­stand what caused the crash and what might be done to pre­vent sim­i­lar tragedies,’’ NZTA Welling­ton high­ways man­ager Rod James said.

The agency was ex­plor­ing a lower speed limit and other op­tions, on which the pub­lic would be con­sulted later this year.

Ac­cord­ing to the Ki­wiRAP road as­sess­ment pro­gramme, the road has a black rat­ing – the most dan­ger­ous – for ‘‘ col­lec­tive’’ driv­ing risk and a low-medium rat­ing for per­sonal risk.

That means that, while the chances of in­di­vid­u­als hav­ing a se­ri­ous ac­ci­dent are rel­a­tively low, the level of traf­fic en­sures many ac­ci­dents.

It ranks the Rimu­taka Hill Road as the re­gion’s worst, giv­ing it a ‘‘dou­ble black’’ rat­ing.

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