UPDATE 8.25PM: One person has died following a crash on State Highway 2 in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.
In a statement released tonight, police have confirmed that one person has died following the serious crash on SH2 West, Pikowai.
"A truck and a car collided just before midday," says a police spokesperson.
"Sadly the driver of the car has died at the scene.
"Police are still making inquiries into this incident."
The road was closed for most of the afternoon and was re-opened this evening.
State Highway 2 in the Eastern Bay of Plenty is now open following a serious crash earlier today.
A vehicle was completely engulfed in flames when emergency services arrived at the scene.
A witness on the scene says the car has been completely burnt out and was a burned-out wreck by the railway line.
"The truck is further down the road with the front cab overturned and the trailer still upright."
The highway was closed for several hours, while emergency services cleared the crash scene.
A resident in the area is reporting that the highway is now open.
Police are investigating the crash.