A woman and a five-year-old boy are dead and three others seriously injured after a car and a truck collided in Hastings today.
Five people from the same Hawke's Bay family were in a Mitsubishi when the crash happened on Longlands Rd about 12.30pm, Senior Sergeant Dave Greig of Hastings police, said.
The woman and boy died at the scene and a man, 19, an infant and another child were all in serious conditions in hospital, he told NZPA.
The truck driver was not injured.
Both vehicles were travelling in the same direction when the crash happened, Mr Greig said.
The police serious crash unit was investigating the cause.
Police were tonight still advising next of kin, he said.