The NZ Transport Agency advises motorists that a section of State Highway 5 (SH5) in Rotorua is CLOSED due to a serious crash.
Emergency services are at the scene near Waipa State Mill Rd and motorists are urged to avoid the area as traffic is building.
The Transport Agency says a detour via SH5, SH1 and SH30 is in place however it will add approximately 1.5 hours to normal travel time.
The road is expected to be closed for a few hours.
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