UPDATE: Serious crash closes State Highway 53 near Martinborough


Update 11.25 pm:

The crash scene has been cleared and the highway has reopened.

State Highway 53 was closed for approximately four and a half hours following the crash earlier this evening.

NZTA/Waka Kotahi wants to thank drivers for their patience and cooperation while emergency services and contractors attended this incident.

7:25 pm

Drivers travelling between Featherston and Martinborough can expect travel delays this evening as emergency services attend a serious crash on State Highway 53 near Martinborough.

The crash, understood to involve two vehicles, was first reported around 5:30 this evening.

State Highway 53 is now closed (from 7 pm) between Georges Rd and Waihenga Bridge.

Emergency services are at the scene, and the Police Serious Crash Unit is attending.

The highway is expected to remain closed for several hours until Police complete a scene investigation.

 Drivers are encouraged to avoid the area or delay their journey. Alternative routes on local roads will add significantly to travel times.

Updates on the highway’s status are available on the NZTA/Waka Kotahi website.

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