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One person killed in car crash

The cause of a fatal single vehicle crash in South Wairarapa in the early hours of Wednesday morning may not be known for “several months”.

The crash took place on Wards Line in Morison Bush, south of Greytown, and police were alerted to the incident at 4.40am by a nearby resident.

Upon arrival, police found that the sole occupant of the vehicle had been killed.

Wairarapa Police response manager Gareth Barnes told the Times-Age that the serious crash unit and police photographer were at the scene for most of Wednesday morning.

“At 11.10am police requested a fire crew come to clean the road prior to it being reopened,” he said.

It is understood that the Martinborough and Greytown fire stations responded to the incident.

“The cause of the crash is still under investigation and could take several months,” Barnes said, noting that police were not aware of any related damage to road barriers or anything else on the road.

“Fatal crashes take a huge toll on the family, the wider community, and first responders.

“While the cause of this accident is under investigation, police want to remind the public to wear their seatbelts and drive to the conditions.”

As of yesterday, the Ministry of Transport Te Manatū Waka was provisionally reporting there have been 131 deaths on New Zealand roads so far this year.

Freddie Wilkie
Freddie Wilkie
Freddie Wilkie is a journalist at the Wairarapa Times-Age; originally moving from Christchurch, he is interested in housing stories as well as covering emergencies and crime.

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