A person is in a critical condition and another suffered moderate injuries after two cars crashed and a third vehicle was clipped on Cobham Drive near Hamilton Gardens this afternoon.

The crash happened at 4.39pm and police, fire and ambulance were at the scene, which is now clear.

Fire northern communications shift manager Colin Underdown said the crash happened in the southbound lane toward Cambridge between Galloway St and Howell Ave.

A police media spokeswoman said two cars crashed and a third was clipped. She confirmed two people were transported to Waiakto Hospital and a car had to be towed off the road.