Three killed in crashes in central North Island

Three have died in separate car crashes on State highway 4 in the central North Island this morning.

The first fatal crash occurred just before 11:30 a.m in the King Country near Taumarunui.

Waka Kotahi closed SH4 at Manunui while emergency services attended, it was opened at 1:45 p.m. under stop/go traffic management.

The second crash happened around noon on SH4 in Raetahi, approximately an hour south of Taumarunui.

Two people died and two others were injured, police said.

SH4 between Raetihi and Whanganui remains closed as of 3:40 p.m.

Both accidents have been reported to the serious crash unit.