A serious crash in Stratford, Taranaki this morning has closed part of SH3 in the town.

The incident took place at about 5.30am this morning.

One person has died following the crash, which involved a truck and a car, police said.

A witness says the crash happened just north of the Flint Road exit on SH3. The witness says the incident was a head on collision between a car and a truck.

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Police said the road is closed and motorists can expect delays and avoid the area.

A diversion is in place with State Highway 3 closed between the intersections of Pembroke Road and Monmouth Road.

Northbound motorists are being directed to turn up Pembroke Road, then right onto Monmouth Road, then left back onto SH3. The route is reversed for Southbound traffic. The diversion is estimated to add five minutes to journey times.