Woman dies in Levin crash
A Levin woman was killed and six people injured in a three-car collision north-east of Levin on Sunday evening.
Emergency services were called to the scene near the intersection of Waihou Rd and State Highway 57 between Levin and Shannon at 5.10pm.
Detective Sergeant Peter Vine said a southbound Mitsubishi vehicle collided head-on with a northbound Nissan.
He said another northbound Mazda, which was following, swerved to avoid the initial collision but collided with the Nissan.
A 56-year-old female passenger in the Nissan died at the scene. The critically-injured 77-year-old female driver, also from Levin, was airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital, where she remains in intensive care in a serious but stable condition.
The three occupants of the Mitsubishi, who were from Kapiti, were taken by ambulance to hospital with moderate injuries and later discharged.
The two occupants of the Mazda vehicle, from Palmerston North, received minor injuries.
Mr Vine said that section of SH57 was closed until 9pm while emergency services began investigating the collision and cleared the scene.
He said the name of the woman killed in the crash could not be released until next of kin had been informed.