Serious crash on Matata Straights

A rescue helicopter has landed at Tauranga Hospital following the crash. Photo: Cameron Avery.

Updated 5:40pm: State Highway 2 remains closed between Pikowai and Matata following a two-car crash.

The road is likely to remain closed at least for the next couple of hours, a police spokesperson says. 

"There are four people with a range of injuries including one person who is seriously injured." 

NZTA are advising motorists to detour State Highway 33 onto State Highway 30, onto State Highway 34 back to State Highway 2 in both directions. 

"Allow an extra 1hr and 10mins for your journey," says a NZTA spokesperson. 

Updated 4:15pm: State Highway 2 is closed between Pikowai and Matata following a crash.

Emergency services are responding to a serious crash on SH2 West, Matata, says a police spokesperson.

“The crash involving two vehicles was reported around 3:32 pm.

“Police are not yet in a position to confirm the nature of injuries.

“The Serious Crash Unit has been notified.

“Police ask that motorists avoid the area as the road is currently blocked.”

A caller to the 0800 SUNLIVE news hotline says police are telling motorists that the road will be closed for at least three hours. 

Earlier: Reports are coming in of a serious crash on State Highway 2, near Matata.

A caller to the 0800 SUNLIVE news hotline says it appears two vehicles have crashed just outside the Matata township.

"It looks quite serious. Firefighters are at the scene.

"People should probably take an alternative route if possible."

SunLive is working on getting more information and will update this story as soon as we can.

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