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