Two people have been injured in a crash on State Highway 2 near Whakamaramara.

What was initially reported as a three-car crash yesterday, police now believe were two separate crashes in almost the same spot near Apata Station Rd.

A St John Ambulance spokeswoman said two people were taken from the scene to Tauranga Hospital - one in a serious condition and one in a moderate condition.

Police were first called to the area about 1.10pm.

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"Two crashes took place within a short space of time at the same location. It appears a ute went off the road, and after that a crash occurred between a car and a truck.

"One elderly person was transported to Tauranga Hospital."

A 56 year-old man from Katikati and an 80-year-old woman are in stable conditions at Tauranga Hosiptal.

A diversion was in place down Apata Station Rd.