Story: Road accidents

Early car accident

Early car accident

This car was a total write-off after colliding with a train in Southland, probably in the late 1930s. Motor traffic began to increase from the 1920s, as did the numbers of people killed and injured on the roads.

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Reference: 2007.251

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Road accidents - Growth in road injuries and deaths', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 11 June 2023)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 1 Dec 2014