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Children killed in separate crashes, toll at four

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Two young children are dead following separate car accidents in the North Island this weekend.

A baby has died following a crash on SH4 in Owhango, south of Taumaranui that happened just after 1pm this afternoon.

Only one vehicle was involved in the incident and initial reports suggest it has crossed over the centre line and crashed.

The two other occupants of the car received moderate injuries.

Specialist police units have been sent to the scene.

Meanwhile, a similar incident has led to the death of an 11-month-old in Wellington Hospital this morning.

The child died after suffering serious injuries yesterday when the car she was travelling in flipped on SH1 near Raumati.

She was airlifted to hospital with her mother, who remains in a serious condition.

Her father was also injured but has been released from hospital.

And one person has died in a three car crash on the Te Anau/Mossburn Highway about 30 minutes out of Te Anau.

Three helicopters were sent to the scene and took two seriously injured patients, who were trapped for some time, to hospital.

Fire and ambulance were also in attendance.

The Christmas road toll stands at four. The first fatality was in the Far North on Christmas Day when Sandy Paul Waenga Brown, 21, of Paua, died after he was thrown from a vehicle near Te Kao.

The official holiday period began at 4pm on Christmas Eve and ends at 6am on January 3.

During the summer holiday period last season, six people were killed on the roads.

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