Two helicopters have airlifted three seriously injured people from a two-car crash on the Coromandel Peninsula.
One person suffered life-threatening injuries and two were in a serious condition.
St John northern communications team leader Norm Ngatai said five people needed medical attention at the emergency this afternoon.
Two were flown by helicopter to Waikato Hospital, including the person with life-threatening injuries.
A woman in her 60s was taken in a different helicopter to Auckland Hospital with a broken pelvis and other injuries, Ngatai said.
Two people with minor injuries were taken by ambulance to Thames Hospital, he said.
The crash happened about noon in Purangi Rd near Cooks Beach.
Waikato police prevention manager Inspector Rob Lindsay said the two helicopters joined firefighters, ambulance staff and police at the scene of the crash.
A serious-crash investigator was making his way from Hamilton to the crash site, and it the road would remain closed for some time, he said.
"While we're unable to confirm what happened in this crash, what we can comment on is that this is the third serious crash in the Waikato today that has left people seriously, and in some cases critically, injured," he said.
"This is despite driving conditions today being described as ideal.
"At this time, police are urging all motorists to make sure they are doing all they can do to ensure they drive to survive this summer."
- Fairfax Media