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Double fatal crash in Bay of Plenty

Radio New Zealand Radio New Zealand 29/07/2016

Two people have died and several others are seriously injured after a five-vehicle crash in the Bay of Plenty.

One person died at the scene of a five-car pile-up on State Highway 29A at Mangutapu between Baypark and Welcome Bay on Friday afternoon and a second person died in hospital later.

The accident happened after a car broke down.

It was the first in a series of crashes in the area on Friday after 4pm.

Another crash at the same time at Pyes Pa Road involved two vehicles colliding, bringing power lines down. There are no reports of injuries there.

Two more minor crashes were also reported shortly after, one in The Strand involving two vehicles and another on SH2 at Bethlehem where a car hit a tree and the driver suffered minor cuts to a hand.

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