DIVERSIONS around the crash area were in place for several hours on Monday morning. Photo Sven Carlsson OS0156-01

A PERSON has died following a crash between a car and a pedestrian on Monday morning on Waiotahe Beach Road.

The serious crash was reported at 7.40am and while police first reported a person had sustained injuries, it was later confirmed the person had died.

Diversions around the crash area were in place for several hours on Monday morning, sending motorists via Paerata Ridge Road and Verrall Road. Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.