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Emergency services were called to the crash on Omihi Rd (State Highway 1) about six miles south of the Greta Valley settlement just before 5.30pm on Thursday.  (File photo).


Emergency services were called to the crash on Omihi Rd (State Highway 1) about six miles south of the Greta Valley settlement just before 5.30pm on Thursday. (File photo).

One person has died and a major North Canterbury motorway has been closed for some time after a crash early in the morning.

Emergency services were called to Omihi Rd (State Highway 1) about six miles south of the Greta Valley settlement, just before 5.30pm on Thursday.

New Zealand Fire and Emergency spokeswoman Lyn Crosson said early reports suggested a car had hit a tree, blocking a person and blocking the road.

Teams from Amberley, Waipara and Scargill were dispatched to the scene and the person was believed to have suffered serious injuries, she said.

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A police spokeswoman later confirmed that the person had died in the accident.

stuff realizes a man from the Omihi area was killed in the crash.

St. John was also taken to the scene.

A Christchurch Transport Operations Centers spokesman said the collision had closed the road to traffic between Scargill Valley Rd and SH7. The diversions were set for a while before reopening just before 11am.

The fatal collision comes just over two weeks in a row on the same road.

Tribal gang member Merc Papa-Hugh Lei-Tama Maumasi-Rihari, 21, was killed shortly after his Harley-Davidson collided with a car approaching Omihi Rd about 1.5 miles south of the Greta Valley, around 7.50am on November 2nd.

Maumasi-Rihari, a pier from Auckland, was one of about 80 Tribesmen gang members from across the country who boarded Christchurch as part of a national rally. They were heading towards Picton to catch a ferry back to North Island when the crash happened.

There have been at least 12 other collisions within a 900-meter stretch of Omihi Rd just north of Burrow Rd since January 2000, according to the NZ Transport Agency accident data. Of these, one was serious, four were minors and the others were uninjured.

There have been at least 27 deaths on the streets of Canterbury so far this year, 17 less than the same time last year. Nationally, 276 people have died on the streets so far this year, 20 less than the same time last year.

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