A man with serious injuries was flown to hospital in Hamilton after a truck and car crash which closed State Highway 5 between Napier and Taupō today.
The crash was reported at 12.43pm between Rangitaiki and Waipunga, towards the western of the Napier-Taupō Highway segment, otherwise known as the Thermal Explorer Highway.
A New Zealand Fire and Emergency shift manager said three Taupō rescue crews were sent to the scene along with police, ambulance and a rescue helicopter from Taupō.
A man thought to be aged in his 60s was extricated from a car and flown to Waikato Hospital.
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The highway between Rangitaiki and Waipunga was closed for more than two hours during which motorists were being asked to avoid the area or delay journeys to help alleviate congestion.