One dies in Coromandel crash

One person has died and two others were seriously injured following a car crash in the Coromandel.

The two-car crash happened on the Kopu-Hikuai Road, in the Thames-Coromandel district, shortly before 3pm.

Fire communications shift manager Steve Smith said one person had died and two others were trapped and had to be cut free.

A St John spokeswoman said there were two people with serious injuries and another with moderate injuries.

Two rescue helicopters were dispatched from Auckland to take the injured to hospital.

The Kopu-Hikuai Road, State Highway 25a has closed and traffic is being diverted through Whangamata, creating a lengthy detour for northbound motorists.

The road is expected to be busy with hundreds of people returning home from yesterday's Whitianga Scallop Festival.

Waikato Times