One person has died after a car and a ute collided in Balclutha tonight.

Three others have been injured and are being treated at the scene by ambulance staff.

Police were called to the scene of the crash on Moffat Rd in Balclutha, Otago around 5pm and diversions are in place.

Police have asked motorists to avoid the area as Moffat Rd is closed.

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The Serious Crash Unit will investigate the cause of the crash.