Emergency services are responding to a large multi-vehicle crash in Taupo this afternoon.
In total, 19 people were involved, after a small truck, a motorbike, three cars and a van collided on State Highway 1 around 12:15pm.
Emergency services responding to a large multi-vehicle crash north of Taupo. Picture supplied by BayTrust Rescue Helicopter Philips Search and Rescue Trust
Source: Philips Search and Rescue Trust
The crash has seen 15 people being treated for moderate to minor injuries, while three people have serious injuries.
Three helicopters attended the scene, where several people were trapped in their vehicles.
A Rotorua based chopper flew two patients to Taupo hospital, before taking a 24-year-old man with serious injuries to Rotorua Hospital.
Both the Westpac Rescue helicopter & the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter flew seriously injured patients to Waikato hospital.
Police say tow trucks are now removing damaged vehicles from the scene.
Local diversions will remain in place as the scene is being cleared.