Police have been called to two crashes this evening and one person has died.

One person died shortly after a collision on SH26 in Thames just after 8pm. The road was closed and motorists asked to avoid the area.

The serious crash unit has been advised.

In Levin about 9.10pm a car careered off Kawiu Rd and flipped upside down in a ditch.

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A police spokeswoman did not believe anyone was seriously injured. She thought the car may have hit a tree.