WOMAN DIES AND GIRL HOSPITALISED IN CRASH ON BUCKETTS WAY

A woman has died and a girl has been hospitalised following a single-vehicle crash in the Hunter this morning.

About 10.50am, emergency services were called to The Bucketts Way – about 5km north of the Stroud Hill Road intersection – following reports a Ford Ranger left the road.

When paramedics arrived they located the driver – a female aged in her 30s – trapped in the front cabin of the vehicle.

She died at the scene.

An 11-year-old girl was able to free herself from the car, she was treated for minor injuries and transported to John Hunter Hospital.

Officers from Port Stephens-Hunter Police District have established a crime scene as they investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash.

The Bucketts Way has been closed in both directions, with diversions in place for both north and southbound traffic via Johnsons Creek Road.

Delays are expected, police are urging motorists to avoid The Bucketts Way as the road will be closed for some time.

Any motorists driving along The Bucketts Way around the time of the incident – and who may have dashcam footage – are urged to contact police.