Police have released the names of the two boys killed in a Bay of Plenty crash on State Highway 2 yesterday.

The two boys were 16-year-old Chance Whittaker-Ngaropo, and 12-year-old Te Hira Whittaker-Ngaropo. Both from Auckland.

Emergency services were called to the scene on Saturday about 7.30am after members of the public came across the crash near Pikowai, east of Pukehina.

Three male passengers, believed to be from the same family, had been travelling in the car.

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The 12-year-old was killed at the scene.

The 16-year-old suffered multiple serious injuries and was flown to Waikato Hospital but did not survive.

A third male was transported by ambulance to Tauranga Hospital and was later discharged on Saturday.