Six fatal crashes in the Bay of Plenty for 2019

A fatal crash near Ruatoki this week has seen the road toll climb to six deaths across Bay of Plenty roads.

One person died in the crash on Ruatoki Valley Road, south of Whakatane after a motorcycle crashed into a powerpole at about 12:25am on Wednesday morning.

Community Constable Spike Dickey says the Serious Crash Unit has examined the scene and a Police investigation is ongoing.

The crash also follows another at Tikitere Hill near Hell's Gate which killed 26-year-old Karli Rowe on Sunday; a triple fatal at Matata last week and a truck crash at Waiotahe in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

Sam Gardner