A 22-year-old woman killed in a crash on State Highway 2 near Waipukurau late last night has been named.

Police said in a statement today that the woman was Kieta White from Waipawa.

"Our thoughts are with the victim's family, who are asking for privacy at this time," the statement said.

The crash occured when two cars collided about 1km north of Waipukurau.

Emergency services were called to the crash at 9.40pm where a white car and a blue car had crashed on State Highway 2 near Lindsay Rd.

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A resident said it sounded like "two houses colliding".

St John ambulance service, the fire service and police all attended the scene.

Diversions were put in place with an expectation for them to remain for some time.

Emergency services are investigating a possible fatality after two cars crashed 1km north of Waipukurau.
Emergency services are investigating a possible fatality after two cars crashed 1km north of Waipukurau.

The resident said conditions were good with clear skies and dry roads.

The road toll stands at 217 for the year, already overtaking last's year's total of 209 road deaths.

29 people died in August 2016, seven more than the same month last year.

Men died on the road nearly twice as often as women and drivers were the most likely to die in fatal crashes.