Holiday road toll rises to five after deaths of pedestrian, truck driver


Two people have died in separate crashes overnight, taking the Christmas-New Year road toll to five.

A truck driver has died at the scene of a crash on Lewis Pass Road, in the Lewis Pass.

The single vehicle crash, involving a truck and trailer, was reported to police just after 3.30am.

Lewis Pass remains closed and diversions are in place in the area.

A person is dead after being struck by a vehicle in Auckland last night.

Police say the person was hit on Rosamund Avenue, New Windsor, just before 10.30pm.

The victim died at the scene.

Both crashes are being invesigated.

Two other people died in Christmas Day crashes.

The driver of a car died at the scene of a crash on the SH1/Taieri Plains Highway, Waihola, in Otago.

Another person died following a crash involving a motorcycle at the intersection of Broadley Downs and Gordonton Road, Gordonton, in Waikato.

The motorcyclist died at the scene.

On Christmas Eve, one person died in a two-car crash south of Taupō.

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