A 20-year-old man was killed at South Elgin, 6km southeast of Ashburton on Wakanui Road, about 1.40am when he collided with a power pole.
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And a 54-year-old man left the road and collided with a bank about 2.40am on State Highway 85 at Stoneburn, 23km northwest of Palmerston in Otago. He died at the scene.
Statistics NZ's information today is that 25 people have been killed so far during September, a massive increase over the same month last year when 10 people died.
The total for the year stands at 296, up from 250 this time last year.