Many people have been seriously injured in a car accident near the southern town of Waikato in Tiara this afternoon.
Police have been summoned for the two-car crash on State Highway 5, about 5 km east of town, at 2:30 PM.
Initial evidence is that many people have suffered serious injuries, a police statement said.
State Highway 5 is closed between Waimakariri Rd and Harwoods Rd in Tapapa.
NZTA advises drivers to delay their journey or use an alternative route through the area.
Traffic management is carried out and the Department of Serious Disasters will examine the scene.
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