One person has died in a head-on crash on the Rimutaka Hill
road between the Wellington and Wairarapa regions this
Two cars collided at Pakuratahi, on the Upper Hutt side of
the Rimutaka Hill, about 7.15am.
Inspector David Rose of police central communications said
one person died at the scene.
The occupant of the other vehicle was taken to Wellington
Hospital with moderate injuries.
Mr Rose said State Highway 2 was closed between Upper Hutt
and Featherston while police examined and cleared the scene.
"An alternative route, unfortunately for motorists, is up
through the Manawatu Gorge, so we'll endeavour to clear that
soon, as quickly as we can, to reopen the road."
Delays were also expected on the Desert Road in the central
North Island this morning while contractors cleared the scene
of an overnight truck crash.
A truck and trailer unit had rolled down a bank at the Three
Sisters, about midway between Taihape and Taupo, about
Mr Rose said nobody was injured in the crash.