State Highway 2 remains closed following a fatal crash which involved multiple vehicles.
Emergency services were called to the crash, between Apata Station Road and Pahoia Road, just before 5pm.
A police spokesperon told SunLive this evening that the highway is expected to remain closed for sometime.
"Two cars and one truck were involved in the crash. The truck caught on fire and so did one of the cars.
"The person that died was in the car that caught fire."
The serious crash unit is investigating the crash.
Diversion are in place.
Detour route: Northbound traffic turn left onto Esdaile rd right onto Wainui South rd left onto SH2. Southbound traffic Right onto Wainui South Rd left onto Esdaile rd right onto SH2.