Fatal crash

Samoan man dead, 10 injured in crash on Napier-Taupō road

Police say the van was carrying RSE workers who were travelling from Hastings to Taupō for a holiday.

The man was in the van's passenger seat when the crash happened just before 10am yesterday (Monday).

Acting Sergeant Nathan Ross said the truck collided with the van as the van turned right into the Tarawera Cafe.

"In the van there were 10 Samoan RSE workers and one New Zealander. The New Zealand Police are currently working with the Samoan Commission to inform the families of the people in the van."

Samoan seasonal workers involved in fatal crash in New Zealand

Eleven people, including the deceased, were in the van when the crash with the truck occurred.

A statement said a number of those people in the van were Samoan nationals, who were in New Zealand working as seasonal workers.

One New Zealander was also in the van.

The New Zealand Herald reports the occupants were on their way to Taupo for a holiday.

Police are liaising with the Samoan High Commission to notify the families of those involved in today's tragic crash.

2 men dead, 2 passengers injured in Samoa road crash

Samoa Police Service said Asau police officers responded to a call of a fatal crash at Falelima.

Preliminary investigations indicate two vehicles were involved and that one driver died at the scene of the accident whilst the other driver died at Sataua district hospital.

Two men who were passengers were taken to the Sataua district hospital and were later transferred to Tuasivi hospital.

Police said the investigation also indicates that both drivers were under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.