Labour Weekend road toll reaches four

Waka Kotahi’s official Labour Day holiday weekend begins at 4pm on Friday, October 20, and ends 6am on Tuesday, October 24. File photo/SunLive.

The Labour Day weekend road toll has risen to four after a fatal crash in Waitaki in the South Island on Monday evening.

A police spokesperson says the person died after their vehicle rolled near the small town of Kurow around 9.30pm. The road remains closed this morning while an investigation is underway.

The death follows three earlier fatal crashes in Northland, Waikato, and Otago.

The first fatality occurred early on Saturday, October 21, in Waipapa, Northland, after one person was struck by a vehicle.

A second person died later on October 21 in Waikato on State Highway 26 between Te Aroha and Paeroa, in a single-vehicle crash which occurred shortly before 5.30pm.

Around 6pm, a cyclist died following a crash on Mount Cargill Road, Waititi, Dunedin.

Prior to the official Labour Day weekend period, two people had died on the road on October 20.

The first fatality occurred at 1.30pm after two vehicles crashed on SH3 between Maxwell Station and Pukerimu Rds near Pākaraka, Whanganui.

The second person died in a multi-vehicle crash in Northland at the intersection of SH1 and Shoemaker Rd at Waipū just before 2pm. Four others with minor to serious injuries were transported to hospital.

In 2022, five people died on New Zealand’s roads during the long Labour weekend.

Six died in 2021, eight in 2020, and two in 2019.

The lowest Labour Day holiday weekend year for deaths and serious injuries was 2013 when one person died and 109 people were injured, while the worst was in 1983 when 13 people died and 248 were injured.


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