One person is dead after a two-car collision in Central Hawkes Bay.

The crash happened near the intersection of Plantation and Ongaonga roads at around 8am today.

A second person has been taken to Hastings Hospital by ambulance with serious abdominal injuries.

The Police Serious Crash Unit is in attendance, and part of Ongaonga Rd remains closed near Wakarara Rd as crash investigations continue.