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One dead in Southland tanker crash

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 15/04/2017

One person is dead after a tanker and an SUV collided in Southland.

Emergency services were called to the crash on the Riverton-Wallacetown Highway near Oporo at about 8am on Sunday.

The driver of the four-wheel drive died at the scene, police said. Diversions are in place.

The death is the second public road fatality of the Easter holiday period, after a man died in an alleged hit and run in the Gisborne region early on Sunday morning.

Last year, four people died on roads over the long weekend.

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