A driver has been charged after a passenger died in a single-vehicle crash in the Hunter region overnight.

Emergency services were called to Anambah Road at Rutherford, 8km north-east of Maitland, shortly after

9pm (Saturday 7 November 2020), after a Ford utility left the roadway and hit a guard rail.

The front passenger was thrown from the vehicle.

Officers from Port Stephens-Hunter Police District attended and commenced inquiries.

The passenger, a 29-year-old man, was declared deceased at the scene.

The driver, a 33-year-old man, was arrested and taken to John Hunter Hospital for mandatory testing, before

being taken to Maitland Police Station.

He was charged with dangerous driving occasioning death – drive manner dangerous, and negligent driving (occasioning death).

The man has been granted conditional bail to appear at Maitland Local Court on Wednesday 9 December 2020.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.