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State Highway 1 re-open in Horowhenua District after fatal crash

There has been a fatal crash involving a truck and a car on State Highway 1, Manakau, near Kuku Beach Rd.

State Highway 1 closed in Horowhenua District after a truck crashed into a cemetery. Source: Supplied

NZ Transport Agency has confirmed in a statement the crash was fatal. 

St John told 1 NEWS seven people have been injured, six with minor injuries and one with moderate injuries.

The trucking company involved in the incident said in a Facebook post the driver is not injured. 

"Initial information from the scene is that our driver has swerved to avoid a car that has crossed the centreline and in doing so has gone over the bank and crashed into a cemetery," the post on Hilton Haulage's page said.

Traffic builds up after a serious crash between a truck and a car on State Highway 1, Manakau, near Kuku Beach Rd. Source: Supplied: Laura King

Police were notified of the crash at 1.55pm. 

State Highway 1 is now open again under stop/go management and there are significant delays. 

An image supplied to 1 NEWS shows a large haulage truck upside down in a cemetery after the crash.

Motorists are urged to avoid the area. Work is underway to restore downed power lines. 

The serious crash unit has been notified.