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Woman passenger killed, driver critically injured, when car crashes during police chase

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A young woman died following a serious crash yesterday on Pioneer Highway (SH 56) in Longburn, Palmerston North.

At 1.30pm the driver of a vehicle failed to stop for Police on Monrad Street in Palmerston North.

After failing to stop, the vehicle travelled onto Pioneer Highway before crashing into a power pole at the intersection of Pioneer Highway and Shirriffs Road.

The woman who was a passenger in the front seat died at the scene.

The 15-year-old male driver of the vehicle was taken to Palmerston North Hospital with critical injuries.

A second young woman was the rear seat passenger and has serious injuries.

A number of investigations will now commence – a Serious Crash Unit investigation and an internal Police investigation. The Independent Police Conduct Authority will be notified.

The pursuit involved a single patrol car.

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