Two people have died in a serious crash in the Hawkes Bay this evening.

Another person has critical injuries and has been taken to hospital by helicopter.

The car crash occurred on State Highway 2 in Nuhaka, between Wairoa and Gisborne.

Emergency services were notified about the crash just after 8pm. The Serious Crash Unit is at the scene.

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The highway has been closed. Motorists travelling between Gisborne and Wairoa should use State Highway 38, police said.