Four people have died and eight were injured in the head-on crash 1 kilometre south of the intersection of State Highway 1 and Tutukau Rd, Oruanui, about 3.15pm on Tuesday (10th October).

Four people died at the scene, bringing this year’s shocking road toll to 297.

Tuivai, 40, was a passenger in a people mover along with her baby daughter and six others, they were members of the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga returning to Palmerston North after a weekend-long church event in Auckland.

Tuivai was not at the event, but she and her daughter had joined the group in Hamilton to travel back home to Palmerston North.

Tuivai’s baby daughter was critically injured in the crash and flown to Waikato Hospital along with a man in his 40s, and a 42-year-old woman with chest and abdominal injuries.

The relative said the baby girl was “doing fine”, but was still in a critical condition

A 17-year-old girl who was also a passenger in the people mover was flown to Rotorua Hospital with critical injuries.

The other patients were transported to hospital by road ambulance.

Senior Sergeant Nicky Cooney said the crash was an “absolute tragedy”.


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