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A driver of a vehicle has been reported as critically injured after police received a report of an incident at a bank in Paihia at around 10:45 am.
The vehicle left the bank and continued onto State Highway 1, heading towards small-town Moerewa.
Police monitored the vehicle, but there was no pursuit initiated.
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While the vehicle was on State Highway 1, it later collided with a tree at around 11:45 am.
The man has been taken to hospital. There were no other occupants in the vehicle.
Part of State Highway 1 is closed from Kawakawa to Pakaraka.
The Serious Crash Unit was notified.
Motorists are being asked to avoid the area and expect delays.
More to come soon…