Crash claims lives of three people

An investigation into a major crash on State Highway 2 near Pikowai resumes today.

The accident --reported between Hauone and Pikowai Roads around 2pm yesterday -- claimed the lives of three people and saw one other flown to Tauranga Hospital with moderate injuries and another taken by ambulance to Whakatane Hospital with minor injuries.

Police confirmed yesterday afternoon three people had died at the scene of the crash which involved four vehicles, including trucks.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident, including a paraglider who was hovering above the scene at the time, to contact the Whakatane Police Station.

Sam Gardner