Two dead in crash involving tanker truck, two motorcycles

Traffic is backed up near the scene of a fatal crash north of Tokoroa..

Traffic is backed up near the scene of a fatal crash north of Tokoroa..

Two people have died after two motorcycles and a tanker crashed north of Tokoroa.

Emergency services were called to the scene about 2:40pm on Friday.

State Highway 1 is closed in both directions. 

SH1 north of Tokoroa is closed after a crash between and truck and two motorcycles.

SH1 north of Tokoroa is closed after a crash between and truck and two motorcycles.

"I can confirm that two people have died," said New Zealand Fire Service northern communications shift manager Jaron Phillips.

Diversions are in place and motorists are asked to avoid the area.

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