Fatal crash on Wellington's Haywards Hill

Police divert traffic after the crash on Haywards Hill Road.
Police divert traffic after the crash on Haywards Hill Road.
An ambulance arrives at the diversion checkpoint  near the Haywards Hill crash.
An ambulance arrives at the diversion checkpoint near the Haywards Hill crash.
Motorists wait at the police roadblock on Haywards Hill Road.
Motorists wait at the police roadblock on Haywards Hill Road.
Traffic along SH2 backs up between Upper Hutt and Lower Hutt heading into Wellington.
Traffic along SH2 backs up between Upper Hutt and Lower Hutt heading into Wellington.
Police divert traffic after the crash on Haywards Hill Road.
Police divert traffic after the crash on Haywards Hill Road.
Police divert traffic after the crash on Haywards Hill Road.
Police divert traffic after the crash on Haywards Hill Road.

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.

The Dominion Post