One dead in Wellington crash

One person has died in a head-on smash north of Wellington this afternoon.

Police central communications Senior Sergeant Marc Clausen said two cars are believed to have collided head-on just after 1pm at Manakau in the Horowhenua. The accident happened on a 100km/h stretch of State Highway 1 at the intersection of Gleeson Rd.

The driver and sole occupant of one of the cars died at the scene. The driver and sole occupant of the other vehicle was seriously injured.

Mr Clausen said there were report of fire, but he was unsure of the extent of the fire, or whether it destroyed either vehicle.

SH1 is closed and would remain shut for at least two hours. Traffic was banking up in both directions and motorists could expect serious delays.

Traffic was being diverted through the Manakau township.

Ambulance, fire and police were attending the crash.

More details would be released as they came to hand.


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