State Highway 2 is closed through Bethlehem after a crash this afternoon.
A caller to the Bay of Plenty Times at 3.25am said she had been stuck in traffic for 20 minutes and was not moving.
A police media spokeswoman said the road was closed between Moffat Rd and Parau Dr.
The crash did not appear to be serious, the spokeswoman said.
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However, debris and bystanders had prompted the closure, she said.