Accident 'rubber-neckers' cause delays

A car which crashed in Horowhenua tonight was towing a caravan, which ended up upside-down in a nearby field, according to a passing motorist.

Police say rubber-neckers to the one-car crash near Shannon are causing traffic delays on the state highway, where one lane is still closed.

Emergency services were called to a car crash at the intersection of State Highway 57 and Buckley Rd, 600 metres south of Shannon, shortly after 5pm.

It appeared the vehicle has veered off the road and ended up in a ditch, police said.

A passing motorist, who didn’t want to be named, said a green 4WD was on a tow truck and a number of women were near the crash site comforting one lady in particular.

In a nearby paddock was an overturned caravan, which was in pieces with the roof ripped off, he said.

Fire and ambulance also attended the crash and one person was checked for minor injuries at the scene.

Police central communications acting shift commander Mark Oliver said the crash would hopefully be cleared up within an hour.

"There’s a lot of rubber-necking going," he said.

"It’s a minor crash, but because it’s on the state highway it’s causing a few concerns and delays because people are stopping and staring." 

Mr Oliver could not reach the officer at the scene to confirm if a caravan was involved.

The southbound lane is blocked, but traffic control is in place north and south of the crash.

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