State Highway 2 near Katikati closed after serious crash

CARTERTON, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 07:  Police stand guard at the cordon near the accident site on January 7, 2012 in Carterton, New Zealand. Emergency services attended a hot air balloon crash that has killed 11 people in the early hours of Saturday near the Wairarapa plains town of Carterton. The balloon burst into flames and crashed killing all aboard.  (Photo by Marty Melville/Getty Images)
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State Highway 2 has been closed at Tahawai, north of Katikati, following a serious crash.

The two-car collision occurred at 8:44am at the intersection of SH2 and Kauri Point Rd.

One person was critically injured in the accident, while another two people received moderate injuries.

They have all been taken to hospital.

Police expect the road to be closed in both directions for several hours, and motorists are asked to avoid the area.

The serious crash unit has been advised and is on its way to the scene.