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A person was seriously injured after a vehicle collided with a deer on the Southern Motorway in Dunedin early this morning.
A police spokeswoman said at 4.40am they were notified a car had hit a deer on the Southbound outer lane of State Highway 1.
Police, Fire and Emergency New Zealand (Fenz) and St John attended the crash.
A Fenz spokesman said three appliances from Roslyn, Lookout Pt and Mosgiel attended.
The deer ended up about 700m from the Saddle Hill off-ramp sign and died at the scene, with fire crews cleaning up.
"I have no idea what a deer would have been doing there," he said.
The vehicle was heavily damaged as a result.
A St John spokesman said person was taken to Dunedin Hospital with serious injuries.
Police did not know where the deer had come from.
Stock control removed the deceased animal, the spokeswoman said.
Police were continuing enquiries into the incident.