A man is fighting for his life after being found lying on a road in Northland.
Police confirmed that they at the scene of a "serious incident" on Paihia Rd, south of Opua.
It comes after a badly injured man was found on the road about 1km south of the intersection with Te Raupo Rd shortly before 1am.
He was rushed to hospital in a critical condition.
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The road is closed and a detour is being put in place, likely to be Oromahoe and Whangae roads.
"The Serious Crash Unit has been advised, and investigations are underway into exactly what happened," a police spokesperson said.