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Police name Desert Road crash victims

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 19/07/2016

A Samoan woman living in New Zealand and an Indian student have been named among three people who died in a crash on an icy Desert Road.

The trio were killed and the driver left with life-threatening injuries after their northbound car crossed the centre line on State Highway 1 and collided with a truck at 7am on Monday.

Police on Tuesday named two of the dead as 20-year-old Monalisa Alofaifo, a Samoan New Zealand resident and Twinkle Ansal, a 21-year-old Indian man in New Zealand on a student visa.

They said the two were seated in the back and front passenger seats respectively.

The driver of the car, a 21-year-old Indian man in New Zealand on a work visa, was still in Waikato Hospital in critical condition on Tuesday.

Monday's road conditions in the area were described as treacherous with patches of ice and snow falling.

The conditions have been blamed for a number of separate minor crashes around the Central Plateau region and prompted a warning from police for people to avoid non-essential travel.

Police have issued a warning to drivers to adjust to changeable weather and to remain vigilant of wintry road conditions.

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