September 22, 2023
One person has died after a three-vehicle crash in the Thames Valley this afternoon, with two others badly hurt.
The Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter flew to the scene of the two-car and truck crash on State Highway 26 near Paeroa about 3.45pm.
Waka Kotahi has closed the highway from the Kopu roundabout at SH25 and Hubbard Rd SH26, a stretch of about 22km.
Three people were involved in the crash, a spokesman for the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust said.
A photograph provided to the Herald by the trust shows one car so badly damaged the bumper and bonnet had peeled away. The side of the car was heavily dented.
The impact sent one car off the road and the truck off the other side of the highway. Debris was strewn across the scene. One of the truck’s front wheels appeared dislodged.
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