Wairoa Bridge, SH2 now open following crash
1.30pm Update: The serious crash on SH2 in Bethlehem has been cleared and Wairoa Bridge has reopened.
Motorists are advised to practise patience as congestion eases.
The crash was reported to emergency services just before 10.30am. The TECT Rescue helicopter was also called to the scene, landing on the Wairoa Bridge.
Five vehicles were involved in the crash and one person received moderate injuries.
Police wish to thank motorists for their patience following the collision.
1pm Update: The Wairoa Bridge remains closed following the earlier serious crash.
Five vehicles were involved in the collision.
One person is reported to be in a moderate condition and has been transported to hospital.
Several others are reported to have less significant injuries.
A diversion is currently in place onto Poripori Road however the crash is causing traffic delays.
Police urge to motorists to continue to be patient.
12.50pm A SunLive reporter reports that five vehicles were involved in the collision on State Highway 2 on the Tauranga side of Wairoa Bridge this morning.
The highway remains closed with diversions in place via Wairoa Rd, Crawford Rd, Poripori Rd, SH29, Cambridge Rd, and Moffat Rd.
SunLive readers report that traffic has been backed up for many kilometres on SH2, and has also been building up on the lower Kaimai Range on SH29.
10.45am Update - The Wairoa Bridge is blocked following a serious crash on SH2 this morning.
Emergency services are responding to a serious crash involving multiple vehicles on the Wairoa Bridge, State Highway 2, Te Puna.
Initial reports indicate one person is trapped.
Motorists are asked to avoid the area or expect delays.
Traffic diversions are in place as follows:
Eastbound: Wairoa Rd, Crawford Rd, Poripori Rd, SH29, Cambridge Rd, Moffat Rd.
Westbound: Follow posted detour - Moffat Rd, Cambridge Rd, SH29, Poripori Rd, Crawford Rd, Wairoa Rd.
The TECT Rescue helicopter landed on Wairoa Bridge following the multiple vehicle crash. Photo: Franz Strydom
Photo: John Borren
Photo: John Borren
SunLive readers are reporting a vehicle crash has happened this morning on SH2 at the Wairoa Bridge.
It is unknown at this stage how many vehicles are involved or if anyone is injured.
NZTA advise that a serious incident has been reported to emergency services in this area and that delays are possible.
It is understood that traffic is now backing up along State Highway 2.
SunLive will provide an update as soon as more information is available.
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