Four people have been injured and a car has flipped following a crash at a Rotorua roundabout.

A police spokeswoman said two cars had crashed at the roundabout of Te Ngae Rd and Tarawera Rd about 12.15pm.

Three people recieved moderate injuries and one had minor injuries, a St John spokeswoman said.

All four were taken to Rotorua Hospital.

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Two cars had crashed at the roundabout of Te Ngae Rd and Tarawera Rd about 12.15pm. Photo / Stephen Parker
Two cars had crashed at the roundabout of Te Ngae Rd and Tarawera Rd about 12.15pm. Photo / Stephen Parker

A witness to the crash was sitting at La Bonne bakery when he heard a huge bang.

He looked over to see a car upside down with smoke coming out of it.

Both he and another man ran to the car with fire extinguishers from their vehicles.

Four people had moderate injuries. Photo / Supplied
Four people had moderate injuries. Photo / Supplied

He said traffic was backed up as far as he could see on Tarawera Rd.

A Fire and Emergency NZ spokesman said no one had been trapped in the vehicles and crews were helping with scene safety.

A reporter at the scene said three police cars and two tow trucks were at the scene and an ambulance had just left.

She said one car was upside down and it appeared the boot of the car was full of luggage.

By 1.15pm, the crash scene had been cleared.

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Traffic had picked up and was moving through the intersection, the reporter said.