‘Horrible holiday’: road toll drops to eight as work weekend turns into carnage

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Six people were injured, three of them seriously, when two cars crashed in Templeton near Christchurch on Monday.

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Six people were injured, three of them seriously, when two cars crashed in Templeton near Christchurch on Monday.

Labor Weekend’s “horrific” highway toll rose to eight after a motorcyclist was killed when he collided with a truck on a State Highway 1 bridge on Monday morning.

The person was seriously injured after the crash on the Rakaia River Bridge in Selwyn, south of Christchurch, around 9.45am, leaving the road closed.

They were airlifted to Christchurch hospital but later died, a police spokesperson said.

Two people also died on Saturday when two cars crashed into State Highway 1 near Dunedin.

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Eight people have now died across the country in what the top traffic police officer described as a “horrible weekend vacation on the roads” as people sought to get away for a long time. pause.

Superintendent Steve Greally, director of the National Traffic Police, urged people to drive safely.

Two cars were badly damaged in an accident in Templeton, one driving up a sidewalk and ramming into an electric kiosk.

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Two cars were badly damaged in an accident in Templeton, one driving up a sidewalk and ramming into an electric kiosk.

Fatal crashes are being investigated, but early suggestions were that alcohol, speeding, not wearing seat belts, distractions and bad decisions were contributing factors, he said. .

This year’s Labor Weekend road toll has so far matched that of last year, when eight people died. Only one person was killed on New Zealand’s roads over the weekend of work in 2019, according to data from the Ministry of Transport.

In addition to the motorcyclist who was killed, seven people were injured in two other incidents on the roads of Canterbury on Monday morning, one seriously, as the last day of the weekend at work turned into carnage.

On Monday, six people were injured in a crash involving two cars around 10:30 a.m. in Templeton, west of Christchurch.

Three sustained serious injuries, a spokeswoman for St John said, while one sustained moderate injuries and two sustained minor injuries. All were taken to Christchurch hospital.

Eight people have died on New Zealand roads over the weekend from work.

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Eight people have died on New Zealand roads over the weekend from work.

The accident occurred at the intersection of Dawsons Rd and Jones Rd.

A Thing A reporter at the scene said it looked like one of the cars had come up a sidewalk before plunging into an electric kiosk.

In a third incident, a pedestrian was left in critical condition after being struck by a truck on State Highway 1 in Kaiapoi, north of Christchurch.

Heavy traffic built up in the area after the accident, with detours in place and motorists urged to avoid the area.

The official holiday period ends at 6 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

He urged people to “plan ahead, watch your speed and distances, pay attention to conditions, stop and take a break if you feel tired, and allow enough time.” to get home safely ”.


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