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Two teenagers died in South Wairarapa yesterday afternoon after their utility vehicle left the road and collided with a tree.
The two males, aged 15 and 19, from Greytown, crashed about 200m south of the intersection of the East-West Access Rd, about 2.30pm.
One was found dead at the scene, while the other died while paramedics attended to him.
The vehicle had been travelling south when the crash occurred, said Masterton traffic sergeant Chris Megaw.
"It's a single vehicle involved, lost control, gone off the road, sideways into a tree, on the passenger side."
Passersby who witnessed the accident called emergency services.
Police opened a paddock to divert vehicles past the scene.
Mr Megaw said the weather at the time of the crash was fine.
A witness who arrived later told the Times-Age skid marks were visible on the road and the vehicle was "wrapped" around the tree.
A police investigation team and emergency services worked into the evening to free the bodies, with the vehicle removed before 7pm.
- Andrew Bonallack of the Wairarapa Times-Age