Elderly driver dies after collision involving truck
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.