A person has died after a three-car-crash in Canterbury's Hurunui District and another person was killed in a crash near Whanganui.
The police say the first crash happened around midday in Weka Pass, on State Highway 7 near Waikari.
Three vehicles were involved and the road north of Loop Road was closed for several hours.
SH7 fully reopened after 6pm, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency said on Twitter.
FINAL UPDATE: 6:28 PM— Waka Kotahi NZTA Canterbury & West Coast (@WakaKotahiCWC) October 23, 2020
SH7 has fully REOPENED to traffic. Please take extra care if driving through the area. ^SM https://t.co/nRiQoZ3g1E
A person also died following a crash earlier today on SH3, Kai Iwi, near Whanganui, police say.
Emergency services were alerted to the crash involving a car and a truck at around 12.40pm.
The road was closed and a diversion was in place. It has since reopened.
FINAL UPDATE 4:50PM#SH3 Kai Iwi is now fully OPEN following a serious crash. Thank you for your patience while SCU completed their investigations. Please continue to be patient as congestion eases and detoured traffic rejoins the state highway. ^AL pic.twitter.com/Xl9EIZTz5D— Waka Kotahi NZTA Central North Island (@WakaKotahiCNI) October 23, 2020
Meanwhile, WorkSafe is investigating an incident near Raes Junction in Central Otago, this morning.
A WorkSafe spokesperson said it is understood a truck crashed, leaving the driver with serious injuries.
The spokesperson said WorkSafe would not be providing any further details.