Greg Murphy calls for change after 9 die in crashes over weekend

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Newstalk ZB,
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Mon, 6 Jul 2020, 5:12PM
Greg Murphy. (Photo / Supplied)

Greg Murphy calls for change after 9 die in crashes over weekend

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Mon, 6 Jul 2020, 5:12PM

Nine Kiwi families are in mourning after a horror weekend on the roads.

Hawke's Bay Police have confirmed one person has died, after crashing their vehicle on Springfield Road in Taradale just before midnight.

It follows seven other fatal accidents across the country over the weekend, which killed another eight people.

A pedestrian was struck while walking on High St, in Masterton, just after 7pm yesterday.

Emergency crews were called to the scene at 7.13pm and the victim was taken to Wellington Hospital in a critical condition.

Police confirmed that the person had since died.

Two of the crashes happened in the Canterbury region within about 10 minutes of each other.

About 9.20pm, crews were called to North Parade in Richmond, Christchurch, after a report that a motorcyclist had crashed into a fence.

The victim was said to have suffered serious injuries, initially.

The road was closed for some time as authorities worked at the scene. A police investigation is said to be ongoing.

Another person who died was also initially seriously injured in a single-vehicle crash at the intersection of State Highway 75 (Christchurch-Akaroa Rd) and McQueens Spur Rd last night.

Emergency staff were sent to the scene about 9.30pm after reports that a car had rolled there.

Two people were killed in Dunedon after a 3:30am crash involving a car and a truck. After colliding with the truck, the car caught fire.

Police confirmed later that the driver and a passenger inside the car both died at the scene. Another passenger in the car suffered serious injuries and was taken to Dunedin Hospital for treatment.