One person is dead and two are in a serious condition after a crash outside a petrol station south of Rotorua today.
Part of State Highway 1 near Atiamuri is shut off for several hours as emergency services work to clear the scene.
The road is not expected to reopen until about 11.30 tonight.
A police spokesman said a fourth person was in a moderate condition.
A rescue helicopter was used to transport the injured to nearby hospitals and diversions were in place on Humphrey Rd and State Highway 30, he said.
Earlier, a police spokeswoman said it appeared a person had been thrown from a vehicle in the two-car crash, near State Highway 30.
The Serious Crash Unit was called in to work out how the crash happened.
Emergency services were notified at 4.55pm.
- Rotorua Daily Post