UPDATED 8.54PM: Five people have died after a car and truck crashed on State Highway 2, near Aongatete.
Police says a truck and a car collided on State Highway 2, near Dawsons Road around 8.15pm.
"State Highway 2 is closed in both directions between Morton Road and Thompson’s Track," police say in a media statement.
Motorists are advised to travel via the Kaimai Summit or Rotorua.
The serious crash unit and commercial vehicle investigation unite are at the scene, along with firefighters from Katikati and Tauranga and St John Paramedics.
UPDATED 8.34PM: State Highway 2, near Aongatete, is closed as emergency services deal with a serious crash.
Emergency services were called to the crash, near Morton Estate, just before 8.20pm.
A caller to the 0800 SUNLIVE news hotline reported one lane was initially open, but SunLive has since been told that the highway is closed.
People are being asked to avoid the area if possible or expect delays.
We will bring you more as soon as it is available.
Reports are coming in of a serious crash on State Highway 2, north of Tauranga.
A caller to tthe 0800 SUNLIVE news hotline says the crash is near the Morton Estate, near Aongatee.
It’s unclear how many vehicles are involved or how badly injured those involved are.
The caller says one lane of the highway is open and police are at the scene of the crash.
Motorists are being advised to avoid the area if possible or expect delays as emergency services deal with the crash.
SunLive will bring you more information as soon as it is available.
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