A truck driver is "lucky to be alive" after being freed from his vehicle following an horrific four-vehicle crash north of Levin.
Two trucks and two cars crashed at 8.40 this morning, blocking the stretch of State Highway 1.
A St John spokesperson says four people have been hospitalised as a result of the collision – one was flown by helicopter in a critical condition and the other three are in moderate condition.
A police spokesperson told the Herald the truck driver was "very heavily trapped" in his vehicle, and is lucky to be alive.
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Diversions are in place at Koputaroa and Tavistock Rds, and will remain for some time. Drivers are urged to be patient, and avoid the area wherever possible.