Multiple people dead after single car crash in Timaru

Multiple people have died in a major crash in Timaru tonight.

Emergency services were called to the scene, at the intersection of Seadown Rd and Meadows Rd in Washdyke, at about 7.20pm.

Police confirmed at 8.51pm that a number of people have lost their lives in a crash near Washdyke this evening.

One person was extricated from the car wreck by emergency services.

Aoraki Area Commander Inspector Dave Gaskin said: "Sadly, a number of people died at the scene.

"Another person was taken to hospital with serious injuries. Early indications are that speed was a factor in the crash.

"The road will be closed for a significant period of time while a scene examination is undertaken."

Police confirmed it was a single-vehicle crash after it had earlier been reported as a two-car crash.

One person was hospitalised following the crash but police would not confirm the total number of people in the car.

Fire and Emergency shift manager Andrew Norris said 13 staff attended the scene of the crash.

We responded with units from Washdyke, a fire engine from Timaru and a second rescue tender from Temuka to the north," Norris said.

"They extricated one person from the scene and assisted with the other agencies. But there was only one extrication that was performed at the scene that I'm aware of.