Three people have been killed in a crash near Rakaia.
Details of the crash were still sketchy but Ashburton Police
senior sergeant Scott Banfield confirmed three people had
been killed and two injured.
The crash occurred at the intersection of Thompsons Track and
Somerton Road shortly before 4pm.
The road was closed and the police serious crash unit was at
Two vehicles collided at the intersection, which is
controlled by a stop sign, police said.
"One vehicle had four occupants of which three have died," Mr
"The fourth passenger has been transported to hospital by
means of a rescue helicopter.
"The other vehicle had one occupant who has minor injuries
and is being treated at hospital."