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One person is dead after a crash on State Highway 1 near Makikihi, in South Canterbury, on Sunday morning.
Emergency services were alerted to the single-vehicle crash near the intersection of SH1 and Lower Hook Rd, just after 6.30am.
Police initially said that injuries were suspected, but in an update around 10:10am they confirmed one person had died.
The road was closed for a time, but in the update police said the southbound lane was open. The northbound lane was still closed and diversions were in place.
The NZ Transport Agency said it was a serious crash, and contractors were on site.