One dead after truck, car collide

A person has died in a crash between a car and logging truck on the outskirts of Tauranga.

The accident happened about 8.15am on Ruahihi Rd in the lower Kaimai Ranges.

Fire northern communications shift manager Colin Underdown said one person, who was trapped in their vehicle, had died at the scene.

''The trapped person is the fatal and so our guys are standing by waiting for police to do their business before we do the extrication.''

Traffic was backed-up on the main road from Tauranga over the Kaimai Range to Waikato.

Diversions are in place through Poripori Rd for Tauranga bound vehicles and through Cambridge, Wairoa and Poripori roads and State Highway 2 for Waikato bound traffic.

Drivers are urged to take extreme care through the diversion route on Wairoa and Poripori roads, police said.

The diversions are expected to remain in place through to at least 11.30am and police have asked that drivers avoid using this route if possible.

Waikato Times