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Teenager dead after car crashes off bridge into Whanganui River

News from NZ Police at 4.20pm
The four-wheel-drive vehicle that went off Victoria Avenue Bridge near Anzac Parade in Whanganui last night has now been recovered from the river. A 17-year-old was found dead inside the vehicle.

Indications are he was the sole occupant.

Enquiries into the crash are ongoing.

Police would like to speak with anyone who witnessed the crash or who has information that may be of assistance. Anyone with information can get in touch with Whanganui Police on (06) 349 0600. Information can also be given anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

News from NZ Police at 6.25am
A car crashed off the Victoria Avenue Bridge near Anzac Parade in Whanganui at around 12:21am this morning.

The car is submerged in the river and at this stage it is unknown how many occupants were in it.

The Police Dive Squad has been called in to assist the search.

Report from RNZ
The death of a 17-year-old boy, whose vehicle plunged off a bridge on Christmas morning, has hit the community hard, says the Mayor of Whanganui. The teenager’s four-wheel-drive went off the side of the Victoria Avenue Bridge near Anzac Parade and into the Whanganui River, just after 12am on Christmas morning. His body was pulled from the river in the afternoon.

Mayor of Whanganui Hamish McDouall says the community is deeply upset about the young man’s death, especially because it happened on Christmas Day.

He said many people are additionally saddened to think of the boy’s age and the fact his death occurred in the river.

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