A person has died in hospital after a crash on the Tauranga Eastern Link road last week, police say.

This is the first fatal vehicle accident on the TEL since it opened in August 2015.

The two-car crash in Pāpāmoa Beach happened about 7am last Wednesday.

A St John spokeswoman previously said one critically injured person was flown by helicopter to Waikato Hospital and two others with minor injuries were taken to Tauranga Hospital by ambulance.

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Northbound lanes were closed while police conducted a serious crash investigation, causing significant delays on the TEL and Te Puke Highway detour.

The investigation is ongoing.