El­derly driver dies af­ter col­li­sion in­volv­ing truck

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

The 2010 road toll for the South Waikato in­creased af­ter a fa­tal crash north of Ti­rau on Thurs­day.

Emer­gency ser­vices from Ti­rau and Pu­taruru re­sponded at about 12.45pm Thurs­day to a crash that killed an 87-year-old from Cam­bridge.

Keith Alexan­der Fraser died at the scene af­ter his south­bound Toy­ota Corolla col­lided with a north-bound truck be­tween Ti­rau and Piarere.

It is thought Mr Fraser’s car crossed the cen­tre line be­fore the ac­ci­dent, though why this hap­pened is un­known at this stage.

State high­way one was closed for five hours fol­low­ing the crash while po­lice in­ves­ti­gated the cause and fire­fight­ers cleared the scene.

The road was strewn with de­bris fol­low­ing the ac­ci­dent.

Dam­age to the Corolla was ex­ten­sive and Mr Fraser was the sole oc­cu­pant. The truck sus­tained dam­age to its front, los­ing a wheel and break­ing it’s wind­screen in the im­pact.

The truck driver and pas­sen­ger were un­in­jured.

Traf­fic on SH1 was di­verted down state high­ways 27 and 29 to Mata­mata for five hours be­fore the road was re­opened about 5.35pm.

Mr Fraser was the fourth per­son to die on South Waikato roads this year.

Last year the road toll for the district was eight.

Cut­ting the road toll in South Waikato and Taupo Dis­tricts has been a pri­or­ity for Bay of Plenty po­lice, un­der whose ju­ris­dic­tion both ar­eas fall.

An op­er­a­tion run through­out the year has seen po­lice tar­get­ing driv­ers who travel more than 5km above posted speed lim­its.

FA­TAL: De­bris was strewn across SH1 on Thurs­day af­ter a fa­tal ac­ci­dent.

HEAD ON: The two-car crash in­volved a Toy­ota Corolla and a truck.

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