Vehicle catches on fire after crash closing State Highway 1 Southbound near Newlands, Wellington – video

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Emergency services responded to a single-vehicle crash underneath the Newlands bridge over-ramp on State Highway 1 in Wellington on Sunday.

The incident happened at around 4.50pm this evening.

As a result of the crash, the vehicle reportedly went into flames.


Source: CC/ Amy Phillips

A woman who was the single occupant of the vehicle sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to Wellington Hospital in a critical condition but later died the following morning.

The southbound lane was still in operation but caused a significant backlog of traffic; later reopening at around 7.10pm.

Motorists were asked to take alternate routes at the time.

Source: CC/ Amy Phillips

Amy Phillips sent the footage to thisquality, says she and her girlfriend Lizzie saw a person in the middle of the road who’d suffered what looked to be burns from the fire.

“That’s my girlfriend Lizzie saying ‘did you see that’ — she’s referring to the person in the middle of the highway half-naked being dowsed with water by another motorist,” she said.

“Both our thoughts were directly around that person suffering from assumed burns, it’s bloody horrible.”

Image/Video: SUPPLIED/Amy Phillips

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