One person has died and three others have been injured after a multi-vehicle crash near Nelson.
Emergency services were called to the serious crash on State Highway 6 near Kokorua Rd, Whangamoa shortly after 3.30pm, police say.
A St John ambulance spokeswoman earlier said two helicopters had taken a critically injured victim and one with serious injuries to Wellington Hospital.
Two people with
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moderate injuries were taken to Nelson Hospital.
The road remains closed, and motorists are advised to continue to avoid the area and delay travel, if possible, police say.