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Wairarapa road toll rises to four

EMMA BROWN
emma.brown@age.co.nz

A woman died and three others were injured when a car crashed on High St, in Masterton, on Wednesday night.

Emergency services were called to the scene, just outside the entrance to South Park at about 9.30pm.

The car was travelling south when it hit the park’s brick-and-iron entrance.

The female driver died at the scene.

Fire, ambulance and police cordoned off the area and the Serious Crash Unit was called.

The crashed vehicle being removed from the scene. PHOTO/SUPPLIED

There were four occupants in the vehicle, all whom were injured during the crash.

The Life Flight helicopter landed in the park bordering the crash and two of the passengers were airlifted to Wellington Hospital – one in a critical condition and one is a serious condition.

They are both now in a stable condition.

The third passenger, a 22-year-old female, was taken to Wairarapa Hospital.

It is the fourth road death in Wairarapa this year.

A bystander who did not want to be named said they heard a very loud bang and saw the crashed car.

“It was a pretty horrific scene. I saw about three people on the ground and there were about seven other people there helping. It was pretty serious.”

The scene was cleared, and the road reopened just before 4am.

Detective Senior Sergeant Haley Ryan said the cause and circumstances were being investigated by police.

Police confirmed the crash did not happen during a police chase – which had been speculated on social media.

Police said they would like to hear from anyone who saw the accident if they had not yet spoken to police.