State Highway 2 is closed near Ngātea following a serious two-vehicle crash this afternoon.

The closure will mean substantial additional time for people travelling between Bay of Plenty and Auckland.

Police said they were notified of the crash at 3.10pm on Sunday.

“Initial indications are that there are serious injuries,” a spokesperson said.

Motorists have been advised to avoid the area.

The Serious Crash Unit is attending.

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