An infant is dead after the four-wheel-drive it was travelling in flipped into a drain.
At 6am today the 4WD left State Highway Two near Opotiki in the Bay of Plenty and overturned.
The vehicle was found upside down in a drain, police said.
SH2 was closed between Paerata Ridge Road and the bridge over the Waioeka River for some time.
Nobody else was injured.
The Police Serious Crash Unit is investigating.