State Highway 1 has reopened south of Tokoroa after a crash which killed two people earlier this evening.

The serious crash, in which three others were injured, occurred near Ohakuri, south of Tokoroa, forcing the closure of SH1 around 6pm.

A police spokesperson said the road is reopened to the public but speed restrictions remain in place.

"Police would also like to thank members of the public who stopped and assisted at the scene in the immediate aftermath of the crash," the spokesperson said.

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"Some people provided blankets and clothing to assist victims at the scene. If this was you and you would like the items back please contact Taupo police."

The serious crash unit is continuing to investigate the incident and the circumstances surrounding it.

Anyone who might have information to the crash, or witnessed it, are urged to get in touch with Taupo police.

"Police are appealing for any witnesses to the crash, which occurred shortly after 5pm, to contact Taupo police on 07 378 6060."