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Two people are trapped and several are injured following a serious car crash on the Kaimai Ranges this afternoon.
Fire Service northern communications shift manager Paul Radden said two rescue helicopters, multiple ambulances, fire brigades and police have been called to the scene.
Specialist firefighter equipment such as the jaws of life and spreaders are currently being used on the two cars, which crashed on the Tauranga side of the Kaimai summit just after 4pm, Mr Radden said.
The crash was "pretty serious".
Police have issued a statement stating the highway will be closed to traffic for at least the next two hours.
Drivers are advised that delays will be experienced.
"Diversions have been established for north bound traffic to exit the state highway at Poripori Rd where they will travel north until re entering the state highway just south of Wairoa Pa.
"South bound traffic will exit SH29 at Old Kaimai Rd and continue until the road rejoins the highway."