Couple killed in Pukehina crash named

Police have released the name of the two people who died in a crash with a logging truck on State Highway 2.

Thirty-five-year-old Christopher Roughton and 28-year-old Anna-Jo Liddell, both of Whakatane, died when their vehicle collided with a logging truck near Pukehina on Thursday afternoon.

"Police extend our sympathies to their family and friends," says a police spokesperson.

Thursday afternoon's crash was the third fatal crash in the Bay of Plenty last week.

On Monday, 34-year-old Steven Antony Hart died after his vehicle crashed with a 4x4 and truck on State Highway 2, south of Katikati.

Then on Wednesday, a truck and car crash which claimed the life of 30-year-old Te Hokinga Mai Katipa from Gisborne, closed down State Highway 29 for several hours.

Police are still investigating the causes of both these fatal crashes.


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