One person is dead and three others seriously injured in a two vehicle crash on State Highway 2 in Whakamarama on Saturday night.

Emergency services were called to the scene at 11.40pm after the collision between a car and a van.

Extrication equipment were used to release those inside one of the vehicles.

"One person died at the scene and three others were transported to Tauranga hospital with serious injuries," a police spokeswoman said this morning.

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Serious Crash Unit are investigating.