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Motorcyclist dead after SH2 crash

Emergency services responded to a crash on State Highway 2 mere hours before a motorcyclist lost their life on the same stretch of road. Police said a 19-year-old driver lost control between Carterton and Greytown shortly after 7pm on Wednesday. The car, travelling south, crossed the centre line just past the Waiohine Bridge and crashed through a fence. Neither of the car’s two occupants was injured in the crash. Family nearby said they heard the sirens before they got word of the collision, and were relieved to hear no one was harmed. Five hours later emergency services responded to a motorcycle crash 300m along SH2. Police said the incidents were unrelated. PHOTO/MARY ARGUE

A person has died after a crash on State Highway 2.

The Times-Age understands a motorcyclist lost control, left the road and crashed through a fence before coming to a stop in a paddock.

The crash happened at 12.30am on Wednesday, just south of the Waiohine River between Greytown and Carterton. Fire officers from Greytown responded to the scene and assisted police by cordoning off the area and operating traffic control.

The road was closed and reopened at 5am.

Police said the Serious Crash Unit had examined the scene and inquiries into the circumstances were ongoing. No timeline was provided.

The crash was the second fatal motorcycle crash on Wairarapa roads this year.

The first happened on March 6, when a car and a motorcycle collided outside McDonald’s on Chapel St in Masterton.

Police and two fire trucks attended the scene.

The person was transported to Wellington Hospital with serious, category one, injuries. A spokesperson for the Ministry of Transport said the crash was recorded as a road death on June 9 upon receipt of a fatal crash notification from police.

Wednesday’s news brought Wairarapa’s road toll this year to three. In May, a 20-year-old man was killed in a hit and run near Castlepoint.

George Shiers
George Shiers
George Shiers is a reporter at the Wairarapa Times-Age interested in politics and social issues. He reports regularly on a range of topics including infrastructure, housing, and transport. George is also the Tararua reporter and helps cover police, fire and court stories.

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