29 Aug 2018

Two serious crashes on the roads this afternoon

5:48 pm on 29 August 2018

Emergency services are responding to two serious crashes this afternoon.

A St John Ambulance in Paihia.

Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

Police said several people were seriously injured after a crash on the Tekapo-Twizel Road in the South Island at about 3pm.

State Highway 8 is closed at the Pukaki Dam.

Earlier, one person died after a vehicle crash on the North Island's East Coast.

The crash happened on State Highway 35, south of Tolaga Bay, just before 1pm.

Police said a second person was taken to hospital for injuries not thought to be serious.

The road is down to one lane with a stop-go sign in place.