Woman killed by truck on road near Kin­leith

South Waikato News - - Motoring - PHILLIPA YALDEN

A woman has died af­ter be­ing struck by a truck in the South Waikato.

The pedes­trian was hit by a ve­hi­cle on State High­way 1 at Kin­leith at 1.15am on Tues­day, a po­lice spokes­woman said. She died at the scene. The high­way south of Toko­roa was closed for a time but has since re­opened.

It ap­peared the woman was walk­ing along the south­bound lane of the high­way when she was hit 200 me­tres south of Matarawa Rd.

When two fire trucks from Toko­roa ar­rived, po­lice and am­bu­lance were al­ready at the scene, Toko­roa Fire Chief Dave Mor­ris said.

He could not see the truck in­volved as it had come to a stop around a bend at the south­ern end of the col­li­sion.

There are few houses along the

‘‘The po­lice Se­ri­ous Crash Unit is in­ves­ti­gat­ing.’’

ru­ral stretch of high­way where the col­li­sion oc­curred, Mor­ris said, not far from the Kin­leith Mill.

It was a ma­jor truck­ing route, es­pe­cially in the forestry in­dus­try, through the cen­tral North Is­land.

The po­lice Se­ri­ous Crash Unit is in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

On Box­ing Day last year, two peo­ple died in a head-on smash on the same stretch of high­way out­side the golf course, 4km south of Toko­roa.

Three oth­ers in the crash - two men and a woman - were hos­pi­talised with se­ri­ous in­juries.

The col­li­sion comes a day af­ter a dou­ble fa­tal ac­ci­dent near Huntly.

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