Two killed in Waimate crash

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Two young people tragically died in a vehicle crash on State Highway 82 (Hakataramea Highway) near Waimate, at the weekend.

Police said they believed the deceased are a 21-year-old male and an 18-year-old female.

A statement said police were alerted to the accident after an injured person was located on the roadway yesterday morning at about 8am, although it was thought the accident occurred late Saturday night.

“From an initial scene examination it appears as a vehicle travelling from Waimate towards Kurow has failed to take an easy left hand bend leaving the road and ending up in the bottom of a small gully,” the statement said.

It appears that both deceased found at the scene were not wearing safety belts.

Speed and alcohol were yesterday believed to be contributing factors to the crash.

Police had not released the names of the victim yesterday afternoon as enquiries continued. No further details were available at the time the paper went to print.