One person has been killed and three others injured in a two-car crash on State Highway 5 north-west of Rotorua.

Police confirmed the death in a statement this evening.

Another person is understood to have moderate injuries, and two have minor injuries.

The Serious Crash Unit has examined the scene.

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A police spokeswoman said police received a call about the crash, near the intersection with Harwoods Rd, just after 2.30pm.

The crash was blocking the east-bound lane towards Rotorua.

It is understood the road is still closed.

A St John spokeswoman said earlier that they were treating one person with serious injuries, one with moderate injuries and one with minor injuries and a rescue helicopter has been called to the scene.

More to come.