A second person has died after a road crash south of Cambridge this afternoon.

The crash involving two cars happened at about 1.40pm around 7km from the town on Cambridge Rd in the Rotoorangi area of the Waipa district.

One person was declared dead by police soon after the crash, and in an update this afternoon police said a second person had died.

A third person was in hospital with serious injuries.

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A Fire and Emergency spokesman said firefighters had freed two of the people who had been trapped in the crash.

Cambridge Rd is still closed between Cox and McLarnon Rds. Motorists are asked to avoid the area.

The police Serious Crash Unit is examining the scene.

There have been five serious crashes around the country since yesterday, which have left three people with serious injuries, two with critical injuries and two dead.

The first of the fatal crashes was in Napier last night.

In addition, the police said they were advised yesterday of the death of a woman involved in a crash in Waipawa, Hawkes Bay on Monday.