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Emergency services were at the scene of a serious two-vehicle crash on State Highway 5, Waiotapu, Tuesday evening.
The crash occurred between Waikite Valley Road and Waikaremoana Road at around 7.15pm.
Reports indicated there were three Helicopters that responded to the incident along with a number of emergency units.
Two people died while five others involved had been injured ranging from critical to minor.
State Highway 5 was reportedly put to closure between Wairakei and Tihiotonga, and diversions had been set up to traffic going Northbound and Southbound.
Northbound traffic could take to State Highway 1 at the Wairakei roundabout and continue North for some time, then turn right onto State Highway 30. Traffic going Southbound can take the directions in reverse.
The Serious Crash Unit was on its way to investigate the circumstances of the crash.
*An earlier version of this publication stated the crash occurring in the Hawke’s Bay area – this update has been reflected.
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