Two people are dead after a fatal collision between a car and a logging truck on State Highway 5 between Napier and Taupo this afternoon.
The crash happened around midday.
Emergency services are currently at the scene of the crash at the bottom of the Titiokura Hill, north of Te Pohue,
Police said the identities of the crash victims were unknown at this stage.
Police have warned that SH5 will be closed "for some time" to enable the road to be cleared and for the serious crash unit to carry out its investigation.
Motorists have been advised to avoid the area or delay travel plans.