A man has been killed in a road crash between New Plymouth and Waitara.

Police said he was the driver and only occupant of one of the two cars involved in the crash on Devon Rd (SH3), Brixton, New Plymouth about 4pm.

The woman in the other car was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Fire and Emergency NZ said the vehicle crash occurred at Big Jims Overbridge.

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A Fire and Emergency NZ spokesman said that, in addition to the fatality, one person had been trapped in a vehicle.

Part of the road, near Waitara Rd, remains closed while police investigate.