A crash has closed State Highway 1 in Whangarei after a man involved in a police pursuit crashed into two other vehicles.

The crash happened about 4.45pm near the intersection of SH1 and Raumanga Valley Rd.

Northbound traffic has been diverted down Murdoch Cres and onto Raumanga Valley Rd, while southbound traffic has been diverted along Collingwood St and Anzac Rd, police said.

One of the vehicles in the crash had earlier been involved in a police chase, police said.


Police said some of the people involved in the crash were injured, but it is not believed those injuries are serious.

The driver of the vehicle that fled police has been arrested, police said.

The crash left a vehicle on its side, sandwiched between a taxi and a van.

The crash is expected to cause delays with commuter traffic.