Police confirmed two cars collided, bringing down power lines on Pyes Pa Rd.

There were no injuries or road blocks.

A further two crashes were reported shortly after, one on The Strand involving two vehicles.


The second on SH2 Bethlehem where a car hit a tree. The driver suffered minor cuts to their hand.

The car was being towed and the scene examined.

Police are urging motorists in the region to take care given the high number of crashes this afternoon, including a fatal accident on SH29a between Baypark and Maungatapu.

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Earlier: A car crash has closed Pyes Pa Rd and power lines are down.

Northern fire communications shift manager Scott Osmond said the crash on State Highway 36 involved one car.

Mr Osmond said the road was closed because the power lines were down.

He was unclear about the extent of any injuries at this stage.

A reporter said traffic was backed up to the cemetery.

More to come.