Another Gisborne driver killed

HIGHWAY CLOSED: The scene on the Kaimai range yesterday near the accident hot spot intersection with Old Kaimai Road. A Gisborne man died in a head-on collision with a car transporter. Both vehicles went off the road. BoP Times picture

A Gisborne person has died in a fatal accident, the second this week.

Te Hokinga Mai Katipa, aged 30, of Gisborne, died yesterday in a two-vehicle crash on State Highway 29 on the Kaimai Range after his car collided with a car transporter and both vehicles ended up down a bank.

On Sunday, Gisborne mother-of-two Jaydene Manuel, also 30, died when her vehicle left State Highway 2 near Whakaki and struck a tree.

Police were called to the crash site at the intersection with Old Kaimai Road at 2.20pm yesterday.

The highway was closed in both directions until about 6pm.

Head of Western Bay of Plenty road policing Senior Sergeant Mark Pakes told the Bay of Plenty Times that a car transporter was heading up the Kaimai Range and the car was driving downhill when the collision happened.

Snr Sgt Pakes said both vehicles ended up on the opposite sides of the road, each down a bank. Mr Katipa’s car ended up upside down about two metres from the roadside.

He was the sole occupant of the car and died at the scene.

The car transporter driver was badly shaken and was helping police try to piece together what happened, he said.

The laden car transporter came to rest about five metres down a grassy bank on a farmer’s property and was unlikely to be removed from its resting place last night.

Mr Katipa’s car was removed from the scene.

Snr Sgt Pakes said the serious crash unit was investigating the fatality.

Traffic, including a lot of trucks heading to the Waikato, was brought to a standstill for more than three hours while emergency services staff dealt with the crash scene.

This intersection is considered to be among the most dangerous in the Western Bay of Plenty, the Bay or Plenty Times reported.

A Gisborne person has died in a fatal accident, the second this week.

Te Hokinga Mai Katipa, aged 30, of Gisborne, died yesterday in a two-vehicle crash on State Highway 29 on the Kaimai Range after his car collided with a car transporter and both vehicles ended up down a bank.

On Sunday, Gisborne mother-of-two Jaydene Manuel, also 30, died when her vehicle left State Highway 2 near Whakaki and struck a tree.

Police were called to the crash site at the intersection with Old Kaimai Road at 2.20pm yesterday.

The highway was closed in both directions until about 6pm.

Head of Western Bay of Plenty road policing Senior Sergeant Mark Pakes told the Bay of Plenty Times that a car transporter was heading up the Kaimai Range and the car was driving downhill when the collision happened.

Snr Sgt Pakes said both vehicles ended up on the opposite sides of the road, each down a bank. Mr Katipa’s car ended up upside down about two metres from the roadside.

He was the sole occupant of the car and died at the scene.

The car transporter driver was badly shaken and was helping police try to piece together what happened, he said.

The laden car transporter came to rest about five metres down a grassy bank on a farmer’s property and was unlikely to be removed from its resting place last night.

Mr Katipa’s car was removed from the scene.

Snr Sgt Pakes said the serious crash unit was investigating the fatality.

Traffic, including a lot of trucks heading to the Waikato, was brought to a standstill for more than three hours while emergency services staff dealt with the crash scene.

This intersection is considered to be among the most dangerous in the Western Bay of Plenty, the Bay or Plenty Times reported.

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