A crash has claimed a life and injured four people, including two children, in the Waikato this evening.
Inspector Leo Tooman said it appeared a Subaru Impreza failed to negotiate a bend and smashed through a fence on Old Taupiri Road, near Ngaruawahia, shortly after 6pm.
The yet to be identified female driver died at the scene.
"A woman travelling as a passenger in the car suffered critical injuries in the crash while a male adult passenger suffered minor injuries.
"Two boys believed to be aged five and seven-years-old were taken to Waikato Hospital by ambulance suffering from what was described as minor to moderate injuries."
Tooman said the SPCA had been called to deal with a puppy injured in the crash.
"At this stage it is far too early to determine the cause of the crash but we are investigating what, if any part, speed and alcohol played in what happened."
The crash is currently being investigated by the Waikato Serious Crash Unit.
Tooman said the latest crash was the second serious collision to occur in the Waikato in 24 hours.
"After tonight's crash we now have one woman who won't be at the table enjoying Christmas with her family next month with the realistic possibility of the skilled medical staff not being able to prevent the death of another, it's happening too often and we need a whole of community solution."