Police can confirm that there have been multiple fatalities following the crash near Ohakuri Road this morning.
An SUV and a van have collided and a significant amount of debris has been strewn all over the road.
At the moment it is unclear how many people have been killed due to the catastrophic nature of the crash and therefore it will take some time for emergency services to establish exactly how many people have been involved in the crash.
The Disaster Victim Identification team (DVI) have been called in to assist with the investigation.
At least one person suffering critical injuries was air-lifted to hospital this morning.
The road is closed for an extended period for the scene to be examined so traffic is diverted and there will be lengthy delays.
We thank motorists for their patience at this time.
Issued by Police Media Centre