Five people are being taken to Taupo Hospital after being trapped in a car after an accident on Mt Ruapehu.

Police said they were called to Bruce Rd, between Chateau Tongariro and the Whakapapa skifield, after the accident occurred at at 2.02pm today.

Only one vehicle was involved so it appears that it may have skidded in the icy conditions, but details are not yet available.

St John Ambulance said three people had minor injuries and two had moderate injuries. All patients were transported to Taupo Hospital.

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One ambulance, one rapid response vehicle and a rescue helicopter were deployed.

It is not yet known whether the injured people were adults or children.