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Man dead in Martinborough crash

A 29-year old foreigner has been confirmed as the man who died in an overnight car crash along a gravel road in Martinborough.

Police Sergeant Ian Osland said a member of the public had located a white Toyota Estima upside down in a culvert this morning on Shooting Butts Rd in Martinborough.

“A single male occupant was located with the vehicle and was found to be deceased,” he said.

“Once we have contacted next of kin we may be able to work out the timeline of when this may have occurred.”

Emergency services have been at the scene of the single-vehicle crash since about 7am this morning, and the serious crash unit is investigating.

Wairarapa Police Area Commander Donna Howard confirmed the crash involved one vehicle and that the male driver of the van had died.

“He’s a visitor from overseas,” she said.

“We’re in the process of informing his family.”

No further information could be given at this stage.

The car will be removed from the scene to undergo an examination, and police would like to hear from any potential witnesses who were travelling in that area overnight.

Firefighters assist with road closures in Martinborough following a fatal crash. PHOTO/HAYLEY GASTMEIER
Firefighters assist with road closures in Martinborough following a fatal crash. PHOTO/HAYLEY GASTMEIER

Road closures are in place at the intersection of White Rock Rd and Shooting Butts Rd, and also at the intersection of Shooting Butts Rd and Todds Rd.

Mr Osland said the road was cordoned off to allow for a proper road examination.

“It’s commonplace to close off the scene of a fatality because we need to make sure no other vehicle was involved and to see if we can ascertain what actually happened by markings on the road and things like that.”

Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland is Wairarapa’s Local Democracy Reporter, a Public Interest Journalism role funded through NZ On Air. Emily has worked at the Wairarapa Times-Age for seven years and has a keen interest in council decision-making and transparency.

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