One person has died following a two car collision in the
Kaimai Ranges this afternoon.
The head-on crash took place on State Highway 29, not far
from the summit on the Hamilton side, around 4pm, police
Reports from the scene indicate that one person had died.
The serious crash unit has been sent to investigate.
SH29 has been closed to traffic.
"Police are well aware that the only options for motorists
and transport companies are via either Rotorua or Paeroa and
will be actively reviewing the situation to enable the road
to be reopened as soon as possible."
Further south, an injured man had to be cut from his vehicle
after a two-car crash near Katikati this afternoon.
The trapped man suffered serious injuries in the collision,
which occurred on Wright Rd, Aongatete, around 2pm.
A woman was also injured in the crash, sustaining moderate
injuries, northern ambulance communications shift manager
Norm Ngatai said.
When ambulance and fire crews arrived on the scene, they
found one man trapped in a vehicle and had to be cut free, Mr
Both the man and woman were taken to Tauranga Hospital for
It was not clear if they were the two drivers of the
vehicles, he said.