A woman's body has been pulled from a car that crashed into the Rangitikei River in the lower North Island.

Police said they received a report yesterday at 3.05pm that a car had driven off the road on Pryces Line, Halcombe and crashed into the river.

"Emergency services responded to the crash but unfortunately could not safely reach the vehicle due to the conditions of the river," a police spokeswoman said.

A scene guard was put in place overnight and this morning the Police National Dive Squad entered the water, she said.

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A woman's body was retrieved around 3.30pm this afternoon.

The Serious Crash Unit is investigating.