One person has died following a serious crash south of Raetihi in the central North Island.
Two people were injured after a car crashed into a power pole at the intersection of State Highway 4 and Alexandra Rd at 10.45am on Sunday.
Firefighters from Raetihi rushed to the scene, finding one person trapped in the vehicle, Fire and Emergency spokesman Mike Wanoa said.
It took some time to cut them from the car, Wanoa said.
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A helicopter was called to the scene and flew one person in critical condition Waikato Hospital, but the person died before they arrived, a police spokeswoman said.
The other person had moderate injuries and was taken to Whanganui Base Hospital for treatment, a St John media spokeswoman said.
The road was blocked at the intersection of SH4 and Alexandra Rd as the police serious crash unit investigate the cause of the crash, a police spokesman said.
The road has since been reopened with a speed restriction of 50kph as work is completed on the power pole, the New Zealand Transport Agency’s website said.
PowerCo has also cut power to 42 homes following the crash. It is expected to be back on by 5.30pm, PowerCo’s website said.

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