Crash turns fatal on SH3

00:57, Jun 21 2013
Ohaupo rd fatal
One person is dead after a crash on Ohaupo Rd, south of Hamilton.
Ohaupo Rd fatal
CHRIS HILLOCK/Fairfax NZ CORDON: Police have closed parts of Ohaupo Rd on State Highway 3 and traffic is being diverted.
Fatal Ohaupo crash
CRASH: Police closed parts of Ohaupo Rd on State Highway 3 after a fatal crash.

One person has been killed in a serious road smash south of Hamilton after a van rolled, a car burst into flames and a person went underneath the vehicle.

State Highway 3 is now closed and traffic is being diverted.

Northern fire communications shift manager Jaron Phillips said the call came in just after 3pm.

Ohaupo Rd crash
Fire engines from Te Awamutu and Hamilton are at the scene of a car crash on Ohaupo Rd.

Fire appliances from Te Awamutu and Hamilton responded to the incident on Ohaupo Rd. Details were still coming to hand, but Mr Phillips said they understand a van rolled in front of a car and a person has gone under a vehicle.

''I don't know how far out of the city it is but apparently a van has rolled in front of a car and a person's gone under the car and the car's on fire - it doesn't sounds too flash."

Earlier this afternoon a driver veered off  the road southwest of Hamilton this afternoon and had to be cut free of the wreckage.

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Fatal Ohaupo crash
Police have cordoned off Ohaupo Rd on State Highway 3 and traffic is being diverted.

Emergency services responded to the scene of a on State Highway 39, about 2km south of the intersection with Tuhikaramea Rd, at about 1.40pm.

Mr Phillips said a single car drove off the road into a paddock.

The driver was trapped in the wreckage and the fire service used the jaws of life to cut off one side of the vehicle to tend to the patient.

It's understood the driver suffered serious injuries. 

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