Charges laid in Pikowai crash

FATAL CRASH: Three road works contactors were killed when a truck smashed into them on the Matata Straights in February. Photo BOP Times

A 46-year-old man has been charged in relation to a fatal crash in which three men died on State Highway 2 at  Pikowai last month.

The man will appear at Whakatane District Court on Tuesday, March 26.

Three Higgins contractors were killed while clearing a culvert on the side of the Matata straights on February 26.

The three Rotorua men, Dudley Sole Raroa, 55, David Reginald Te Wira Eparaima, 55, and Haki Graham Hiha, 40, died after they were hit by a truck in a four-vehicle pileup.

The crash involved a Budget rental truck and three trucks engaged in road maintenance at the time.

Following the crash, police appealed for any witnesses to come forward to help with their investigation,

Police have thanked members of the public for information provided during the investigation.