Two motorcyclists have died in a head-on collision north of Tokoroa.
Fifty-nine-year-old Hastings resident Steven Ward and 41-year-old Putaruru resident Ian Emerson were travelling from opposite directions on a stretch of State Highway 1 south of Waikato on Friday.
Road Policing Manager of the Taupo Area, Senior Sergeant Fane Troy says: “Both motorcycles collided head-on in the southbound passing lane.”
As a result of the impact, one rider was thrown into the path of the tanker he was overtaking, according to Stuff.
The tanker was not involved in the collision, Troy added.
Police continue to investigate and support the families of the deceased.
The Serious Crash Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.