One person is seriously injured following a crash on State Highway 2, near Waipawa.

A police spokesperson said the crash involved a car and a truck, and occurred about 7.40am just south of the Waipawa Bridge.

A helicopter has been directed to the scene and motorists have been asked to avoid the area. The road was expected to re-open by 11.45am.

A rescue helicopter lands at the scene of a serious crash near Waipawa. Photo / Rachel Wise
A rescue helicopter lands at the scene of a serious crash near Waipawa. Photo / Rachel Wise

It is the second crash in the area in 48 hours, after a car and truck collided between Waipawa and Hastings on Saturday.

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A spokesperson for Hawke's Bay hospital confirmed two people had be transferred to hospital, both women in their 20's.

One was in a critical condition, and the other was stable.

Meanwhile, three people including a baby have been injured in a crash involving a truck and a car in south Taranaki.

A Fire and Emergency spokesman said they received a call about the collision at the intersection of Eltham and Aurora Rds in Awatuna, about 8.18am.

One person with moderate injuries was trapped in a vehicle and firefighters were extricating them.

Two other people including a baby had minor injuries and were out of the vehicle.

Emergency services were clearing a landing pad for a helicopter.