A person suffered critical injuries and another four people have been taken to hospital after a five-car crash at Flat Bush, south Auckland, this evening.

The collision happened at 8.30pm at the intersection of Te Irirangi Drive and Ormiston Rd.

"Five patients were taken to Middlemore Hospital," an ambulance spokeswoman said.

"One person was in a critical condition, three had moderate injuries and another had minor injuries."

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The intersection is expected to be closed while the Serious Crash Unit investigates.