Jerry Collins and partner die in car crash, baby daughter in 'desperate state'

Former All Black Jerry Collins and his partner have died in a car crash in France, and their baby daughter is in a critical condition.

Car crash which claimed life of Jerry Collins and wife. Insert: Jerry Collins. Source: 1 NEWS

The New Zealand Embassy in Paris has confirmed 34-year-old Collins died about 4.30am local time (2.30PM New Zealand time) in a road accident on the A9 motorway in the Herault region.

French news website Le Figaro reported local police had released a preliminary account of the crash, saying the car the trio were travelling in had stopped on the roadside when it was hit by a bus, sending it flying several metres.

Collins and his partner Alana Madill were dead by the time emergency services arrived and occupants of the bus which hit their car had helped to pull three-month-old Ayla to safety.

Ayla, born on January 26, was taken to a hospital in Montpillier, "in a desperate state", Midi Libre reported.

A family friend of Jerry Collins has told ONE News Jerry's father Frank Collins has been made aware of the reports and is still waiting for confirmation.

Collins made his NPC debut for Wellington in 1999 and his Hurricanes debut in 2001, making 74 appearances for the 'Canes between 2001 and 2008.

He debuted for the All Blacks in 2001 and went on to play 48 test matches, scoring five tries. He captained the All Blacks in one test against Argentina, as well as captaining the 2007 Rugby World Cup matches against Portugal and Romania.

Collins was signed to play for Narbonne in January and has previously played for Toulon, as well as Welsh team Ospreys and Japanese team Yamaha Jubilo.

He retired from international rugby in 2008.

Former All Black Jerry Collins and his wife have died in a car crash in France. Source: 1 NEWS

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