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Two people critically injured in early morning Ruatoria crash closing SH35

Five people have been injured, two of them critically, after a serious crash on State Highway 35 in Ruatoria, north of Gisborne. 

A file image of a police car at the scene of a crash. Source: 1 NEWS

State Highway 35 Whareponga Road and Waiapu Road at Ruatoria are closed as a result of the early morning crash.

Of the five people, three have a “range of injuries”, police said. 

Police were alerted to a vehicle in a ditch at around 2:10am. 

Motorists are asked to avoid the area or expect delays.