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National holiday road toll hits 18

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 1/01/2017

A truck driver killed after his vehicle rolled in Whakatane is the 18th person killed on New Zealand's roads during the Christmas holidays.

It's believed the truck and another vehicle collided before rolling at the corner of Powdrell and Westbank Roads about 12.30pm on Sunday.

Two people in the other vehicle are being treated for moderate and minor injuries while both roads remain closed as serious crash unit officers investigate.

It's the third fatal crash already in 2017 and the fourth in less than 24 hours, taking the national holiday road toll to 18.

Two pedestrians were killed in separate accidents in the country's far north early Sunday morning.

A man was struck by a car and died at the scene on Pa Road at Kerikeri in Northland just after 1.15am.

Then shortly before 2.30am a female pedestrian was hit and killed on Ururu Road, further north.

Their deaths followed that of a man in a single vehicle crash on Downs Road, Spotswood in Christchurch just after 9pm on Saturday.

At 18 the national holiday road toll is already six more than for the whole 2015/16 holiday period when 12 were killed.

The toll period began on December and ends on January 4.

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