The road has reopened after a crash saw two people injured, one critically, on State Highway 1 near Tokoroa.
Emergency services were called to the scene of the two-car crash about 5.45am. The crash happened at the intersection of State Highway 1 and Puriri Rd.
One person had been flown to Waikato Hospital in a critical condition, while another was taken by road in a serious condition, a St John spokesman said.
NZ Transport Agency said a small section of the highway would be closed for some time as police conducted an investigation into the crash.
The road was reopened about 10.30am.