A single-vehicle truck crash near Pakipaki caused delays for motorists early this morning.

Emergency services were called to the scene on State Highway 2 (10km south of Hastings) at about 7am after a north-bound truck carrying a load of peas went off the road.

A St John spokesperson said a man was transported to Hawke's Bay Hospital by ambulance in a serious condition.

The hospital confirmed the patient, in his 70s, is now in a stable condition.

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Police warned motorists to expect delays travelling north and south with traffic reported to be moving slowly due to the accident and the truck needing to be lifted out of a ditch.

The road was also closed for a period of time.