A person is dead after a car crashed into a bridge in Rodney District early this morning.

Police said Matakana Rd had been closed after a single vehicle accident west of Matakana.

Emergency services were at the scene where the driver of the car had died.

There were no other passengers in the vehicle.

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Fire Service northern shift manager Jaron Phillips said firefighters were called just after 4.20am to the crash scene.

The car had crashed into a bridge on the rural road.

Police said the road would be closed for several hours while the scene was cleared and the Serious Crash Unit investigated the accident.