One dead after Bay of Plenty crash

One person has died following a car crash in the Bay of Plenty today.

Police, fire, and ambulance were called to the serious crash on State Highway 2 near Apata about 20km north of Tauranga at midday.

One person has died as a result of the crash, and another was trapped in the vehicle, Tauranga police senior sergeant Shannon Clifford said.

The trapped motorist has since been freed.

The police serious crash unit was at the scene, and road closures are in place at the intersection of SH2 with Wainui South Road and Esdaile Road.

Motorists are asked to take alternative routes.