A person died late last night in a collision between a truck and a car in the Waikato.

The accident happened on State Highway 2, west of Ngatea, shortly after 10.30pm.

Videographer Daniel Hines said the car had "exploded" upon impact.

It is not yet known whether anyone other than the person killed was injured.

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State Highway 2 was closed around the crash site and diversions were put in place.

The police urged motorists to drive carefully and avoid the area.

Officers will be investigating the circumstances of the crash.