A man is dead and two seriously injured after a crash that has closed a major Wellington road for much of today.
Police this afternoon confirmed the dead man was in his 20s and said the road, State Highway 58 - or Haywards Hill - would remain closed till at least 4.30pm as the road needed to be resealed.
The three-vehicle crash happened on Haywards Hill between Paremata and Hutt Valley, shortly before 7am, Sergeant Peter Theobald said.
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.
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.
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 was taken by Wellington Free Ambulance to Hutt Hospital with arm injuries. He was in a ‘‘satisfactory’’ condition, a Hutt Hospital spokeswoman said.
Police said motorists should take an alternative route.
The serious crash unit is investigating.
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