Rockfall kills passenger

A woman was killed when a rockfall struck the car she was travelling in, in the Waikato this morning.

The car, which was heading north on State Highway 3 between Mahoenui and Pio Pio, was struck by a rockfall from a cliff above the roadway at about 10.30am today, police said.

The woman, 76, died at the scene, while the driver of the car escaped with minimal injury.

Police said the road would be closed for several days while the area was made safe.

Diversions are in place - southbound traffic can leave SH3 at Aria Road before continuing onto Totoro Road and then back onto SH3.

Northbound traffic will exit SH3 at Totoro Road before taking Aria and then returning to SH3.