Three people died and two others were injured in a car crash near Te Puke on Saturday night.
The accident happened on an intersection of Pah Road and State Highway 2 about 7pm on Saturday.
Senior Sergeant Carl Purcell says two people in one car died, and another was injured, while in the second car one person died and another was hurt.
He says the injured were taken to Tauranga hospital.
State Highway 2 has since re-opened.