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A driver was found dead in an overturned car in a ditch with water rapidly filling it on a rural road in Manawatu this morning.
St John territory manager for Manawatu Geoff Bates said there wasn't anything he could do when he arrived at the scene with an ambulance crew.
"The car had ended up in a ditch on its roof with quite a significant amount of water in it," Mr Bates said.
The ambulance crew couldn't do anything to help the man, who was dead when they arrived at the scene.
Manawatu police said they were informed of the crash about 8am.
The car was crashed on Hurst Road, between Bulls and Sanson.
The police serious crash unit is investigating and the victim is yet to be named.