A motorist has described narrowly missing being involved in a triple-fatal crash on Kopu Bridge in the Coromandal last night.
Three people died and one person was critically injured after the two-car collision just before 8.30pm.
Karl Smith wrote on Facebook that he missed the accident by "less then one minute" having pulled over to make a phone call, NZ Herald reports.
He described the accident as "truly devastating".
"This was less than one minute before the crash," Mr Smith wrote.
"If I didn't pull over, I might have ended up as part of the collision," he wrote.
"My thoughts and prayers go towards the friends and relatives of the three killed and the one injured. Truly devastating."