Three people have been injured in a two-car crash in Te Puke this evening and taken to hospital.

Tauranga police constable Ian Sadler said it appeared one car had crossed the centre line on Te Matai Rd.

Three ambulances, two fire trucks and police responded to the accident at 5.40pm.

The driver of one of the cars had to be extricated from the vehicle.

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Traffic was going through while the scene was cleared.

Te Matai Rd runs between the Te Puke Highway and State Highway 36.