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Police ask fatal crash witnesses to come forward

Emergency services at the scene of the crash on Chapel Street. Supplied photo.

Police are appealing for witnesses to a fatal Tauranga crash to come forward.

A woman, reported to be a 65-year-old Tauranga local, died after a vehicle went off the road on Chapel Street and crashed into the Tauranga Harbour on Wednesday.

Emergency services were called to the incident just at 5pm.

Police say the investigating is in its early stages and initial indications are that three vehicles were involved in the crash.

It was understood the vehicle in the water had two occupants, a second vehicle had another two occupants, and a third vehicle had one occupant, reports Stuff.

One person was in a serious condition and another in a moderate condition.

One other person was assessed at treated at the scene.

Police serious crash analysts were still in the early stages of the investigation and the exact cause was yet to be determined, says a police spokesperson.

Officers are working with CCTV operators and members of the public to establish the events leading up to the crash.

“The woman’s name would be released once formal identification had taken place.

“Police would like to acknowledge the members of the public who assisted at the scene.

“Officers would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the crash, or who had information that could assist with enquiries.”

Anyone with information can call the police’s 105 non-emergency line, quoting the file number 211208/1665.

Alternatively, information can also be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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