One person is dead and a 60-year-old man from the Picton area was injured in a smash near Nelson today.

The car, which was the only vehicle involved, left the road about 5.30pm and collided with a bank beside state highway 6 between Havelock and Canvastown, said a statement from the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter.

The injured man was flown to Nelson Hospital with serious injuries.

Fire and ambulance from Havelock attended, and Blenheim police are investigating the incident.