A 28-year-old Upper Hutt man was the victim of a fatal head-on crash that closed State Highway 58 for much of today.
The man, who was driving a van, was killed and two others who were drivers of a ute and small truck, injured after the crash on Haywards Hill.
Police spokesman Nicholas Bohm said all lanes on the road had now reopened and surfaces resealed after the three-vehicle crash.
The crash occurred on Haywards Hill, between Paremata and Hutt Valley, shortly before 7am, Sergeant Peter Theobald said.
Police said the crash victim's immediately family had been advised of his death but his name would not be released to the public until relatives overseas had also been informed.
NZTA is continuing to advise caution to motorists driving through that area.
The Westpac rescue helicopter crewman Logan Taylor said a small truck, a ute, and a van were involved in the crash.
The scene was ''pretty chaotic'' he said.
The driver who was killed had crashed head-on into a small truck, and the driver of a ute had rear-ended the crashed vehicles, Mr Bohm said.
An ambulance spokeswoman said a man in his 40s was flown to Wellington Hospital in the Westpac rescue helicopter with serious to critical chest injuries.
That patient was the driver of the small truck that smashed head-on into the dead driver's vehicle, police said.
A Wellington Hospital spokesman said the man was in a stable condition and being assessed in the emergency department at 9.15am.
A 33-year-old man who was in the ute that smashed into the rear of one of the vehicles in the head-on collision, was taken by Wellington Free Ambulance to Hutt Hospital with arm injuries. He had since been discharged, police said.
Police said motorists should take an alternative route.
- The Dominion Post
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