Dev­as­tat­ing week­end on Taupo roads



Res­i­dents of a house in Taupo got a shock awak­en­ing when a car hit the back of their house early on Satur­day morn­ing.

At about 3.40am, a car crashed down a bank on Rickit Street and hit the rear of a house on River­bank Road.

The per­son who rang emergency ser­vices re­ported that the oc­cu­pants of the car aban­doned the ve­hi­cle and ran.

The loud bang of the car as it hit the house woke neigh­bours sev­eral houses away.

By the time the res­i­dents ar­rived, the oc­cu­pants of the car had left.

There were skid marks on Rickit Street and the grass verge was torn up, mark­ing where the car came off the road.

The gorse bush on the bank be­hind the house has been crushed by the car.

The car was still up­side down on Sun­day, where it landed be­hind the house, but plans were un­der­way to ex­tract it.


The driver of a car in­volved in a crash with a 20-seater bus near Taupo on Thurs­day has died.

He was 31-year-old Der­ick Jo­hann An­der­son, from Taupo. He died of his in­juries on Satur­day.

He was the driver of a car that col­lided with a bus at the in­ter­sec­tion of SH1 and SH30 at Ati­a­muri about 4.20pm on Fri­day.

Se­nior Sergeant Fane Troy, of the Taupo Area Road Polic­ing Group, said it was a sad re­minder to be vig­i­lant and take care on NZ’s roads.

The Se­ri­ous Crash Unit con­tin­ues to in­ves­ti­gate the cause of the crash. One per­son has been killed and four oth­ers in­jured in a two-car crash in the Napier to Taupo high­way.

The crash hap­pened on State High­way 5, near Te Haroto, at about 4.20pm on Sun­day.

Lowe Cor­po­ra­tion Res­cue He­li­copter con­firmed it air­lifted a crit­i­cally-in­jured woman in her 40s to Hawke’s Bay Hos­pi­tal about 5pm.

An­other per­son with crit­i­cal in­juries and two peo­ple with mod­er­ate in­juries were taken to hos­pi­tal by road am­bu­lance.

Po­lice were work­ing to no­tify the fam­i­lies of those in­volved, how­ever their iden­ti­ties were yet to be pub­licly re­leased.

State High­way 5 was closed for sev­eral hours af­ter the crash.

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