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Two people are dead and several others are injured after a crash between a car and a train in eastern Bay of Plenty.
Emergency services were called to the scene, on Pongakawa School Rd near Te Puke, around 8.15am.
Fire and Emergency NZ confirmed two people had been killed and three injured, two critically.
The three injured people were trapped for a time after the crash.
The Serious Crash Unit has been advised.
Motorists are asked to avoid the area.