ROAD CLOSED: The accident that blocked State Highway 1 near Raumati South on Saturday in which an 11-month-old girl was injured and later died.
Three people, including two children, have their lost their lives in car crashes in the past two days.
An 11-month-old girl from Paraparaumu died after her parents’ car hit a barrier and flipped on to its roof on Saturday on State Highway 1 near Raumati South, where two lanes merge into one.
Kapiti Coast police are investigating the accident, which snarled northbound holiday traffic for almost three hours. No other vehicles were involved.
The baby girl suffered serious head injuries and was flown to Wellington Hospital, where she died yesterday morning. Her death has been referred to the coroner.
Her father was discharged from hospital yesterday, but her mother remained in intensive care.
Less than 24 hours later, another young child died on a North Island highway.
The 4-year-old girl was one of three people injured in the crash on State Highway 4 at Owhango, between Taumarunui and the National Park.
Emergency services were called to the incident shortly after 1pm.
Initial reports suggested their vehicle, which was the only one involved in the crash, crossed the centre line, Inspector Marty Parker said.
The two other occupants of the car, who suffered moderate injuries, had to be removed from the wreck by firefighters. They were taken to Taumarunui Hospital by St John Ambulance.
Later yesterday one person died in an accident involving seven people in three vehicles on the Te Anau-Mossburn Highway in northern Southland.
Police said four other people were in a serious condition.
The accident happened near Centre Hill about 3.30pm. Two of the vehicles had two occupants, with the third carrying three people, police said.
Three helicopters attended the scene and flew three patients to Southland Hospital. One then returned to transport the fourth seriously injured patient to Dunedin Hospital.
The latest crash brings the Christmas/New Year road toll to four, after a promising start. Police and the Ministry of Transport measure the holiday period from December 24 to January 3. Over the same period last year, there were six fatal crashes and 237 injuries.
New Zealand continues to head for a record low total road toll for 2013. The toll now stands at 252, down from 302 last year.
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