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Matawhero car crash kills two

A young woman died at the scene and a young man with her died later in hospital when their vehicle left State Highway 2 south of the city last night and crashed.

It happened at around 9.20pm about midway between the Jolly Stockman corner at Matawhero and Bell Road.

“Their car left the road, went through a fence and struck shelter belt trees,” a senior firefighter said.

“The vehicle was extensively damaged in the crash.”

The young woman was pronounced deceased at the scene by St John ambulance officers.

Her male companion was transported to hospital by ambulance with critical injuries, but died later in the night.

Police said it was a single-vehicle crash.

The Herald was told both victims were out of the vehicle when emergency services arrived.

“It appears they were thrown out of the vehicle on impact,” an emergency services spokesman said.

State Highway 2 was closed at the crash scene for some hours while the scene was cleared and police began a inquiry into the tragedy.

The names and further details of the two young people who died have yet to be released. Police continue to advise next-of-kin.

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