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Wairarapa crash driver dies in hospital

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 5/06/2016

A second person involved in the fatal head-on crash in the Wairarapa has died, taking the holiday weekend's road toll to seven.

The male driver of one of the vehicles died in Wellington Hospital following Sunday's crash, police say.

The driver of the other vehicle died at the scene, near Mt Bruce on State Highway 2, after being cut out by firefighters.

Three others suffered injuries and were flown to hospital, including a woman in her 30s and her baby.

Seven people have now died during the Queen's Birthday holiday weekend, exceeding last year's tally of five with nearly a day to run.

There have also been single-fatality crashes in Otago, the Bay of Plenty, north Canterbury, south Auckland and the King Country.

The official holiday road toll period started at 4pm on Friday and runs until 6am on Tuesday.

Meawnwhile, following a few crashes police are also warning motorists to take care on the roads on Monday morning because of ice.

The Desert Road and SH5 north and south of Rotorua particularly needed caution, police said.

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