Police have named the driver who was killed yesterday, after his car collided with a ute near Balclutha in South Otago.

Peter Gerald Sinclair, a 51-year-old farmer from Te Houka, died in the crash on Moffat Rd, off State Highway 1.

Clutha-Taieri area response manager Senior Sergeant Alastair Dickie, said three other people sustained minor injuries, including Mr Sinclair's 18-year-old son who was the only passenger.

Snr Sgt Dickie said the crash occurred at the brow of a hill just before 5pm, when a Ford Courier ute travelling towards SH1 collided with a Toyota Corolla hatchback travelling in the opposite direction.

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Mr Sinclair's car was extensively damaged and he died at the scene.

The occupants of the ute were were attended to by ambulance medics at the scene.

Moffat Rd, about 10km from Balclutha, was closed overnight and diversions put in place.

The serious crash unit is investigating.