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Four killed in Waikato crash

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 24/06/2016

Speed and alcohol are suspected to be behind a head-on crash near Hamilton Airport which has killed four young people.

The four victims, initially thought to be in their late teens and early 20s, were killed in the collision between a northbound Nissan Skyline car and a southbound Toyota van late on Friday night.

The van's driver has been taken to Waikato hospital with moderate injuries.

The accident happened on Ohaupo Rd, State Highway 3, south of Hamilton.

Police say the four people killed were in a Nissan Skyline where the driver, in trying to correct being on the wrong side of the road, lost control and collided with the oncoming van.

"Speed and alcohol are suspected as factors in the crash," Senior Constable Mark Strongman said on the Waikato road policing Facebook page.

Police believe the Skyline - earlier seen in Te Awamutu - had been travelling with a second vehicle, a white hatchback possibly with tinted windows.

The two cars were seen in Ohaupo village, between Hamilton and Te Awamutu, before the crash.

The crash was a tragedy, police said in the posting.

"The crashes and loss of life clearly demonstrate that when a mistake is made, the consequences are devastating and far-reaching."

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