A person has died after a serious crash on SH4 in Manunui in the Ruapehu District when a car went under a truck.

A police media spokesperson said initial reports indicated a car had slid under a truck on SH4 between Mahoe Rd and Tanoa St just after 6pm.

One person was later confirmed dead at the scene.

A St John spokesperson said two ambulances were in attendance and the rescue helicopter stood down.

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The road between Mahoe Rd and Tanoa St was blocked and is likely to remain closed for several hours.