Fatal car crash outside of Makarora

Emergency services responded to the scene, with two dead at the scene and two taken to hospital for injuries

Two people have tragically died from a fatal single-vehicle crash on Makarora-Lake Hawea Road on Thursday January 30. Police were alerted to the crash at around 10:20pm, and the two remaining survivors were taken to Dunstan Hospital with minor and moderate injuries. According to a reporter at the scene, the car had smashed into pine trees after leaving the road. 

Police have charged a 28-year-old man in relation to the incident on charges of careless driving causing death and careless driving causing injury. The man is due to appear in Alexandra District Court on Wednesday February 5. 

The Makarora-Lake Hawea Road is famously long and windy which often results in collisions. The crash in question happened just outside of Makarora, with the cross streets being Weka Street and Wilkin Road. Police will proactively release the names of the two people who died once in a position to do so. 

It’s a tragic reminder to be cautious on the roads this summer and reduce your speed. A total of 353 people died on New Zealand roads in 2019. Between January 2000 and August 2018, the Makarora-Lake Hawea road has seen over 80 crashes. 


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