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One killed in Waikato crash

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 9/11/2016

One person is dead and another is critically hurt following a two-car crash that's closed a state highway in the Waikato.

Emergency services, including a rescue helicopter, were called to the collision on SH3 in Piopio, Waitomo at about 2pm on Wednesday.

A St John's Ambulance spokeswoman said one person had died at the scene while another had life threatening injuries.

A third person was taken to hospital with moderate injuries.

Police say the highway is closed between Hunt Road and Moa Street, south of Te Kuiti, and drivers are being urged to avoid the area while diversions are in place.

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