Emergency services at milk tanker and tractor crash near Rotorua

State Highway 5 is now closed following a crash between a milk tanker and a mowing tractor near Rotorua.

A police spokeswoman said police were called to the crash, about 25km northwest of Rotorua, about 10.40am.

SH5 TIRAU TO ROTORUA – ROAD CLOSED – 11:45AM, WED 25 NOVDue to a serious truck crash State Highway 5 is NOW CLOSED…

The drivers of both vehicles are currently trapped.

The road is blocked while emergency services are at the scene.

Motorists planning to use the route are advised to delay travel until further notice or allow extra time for a detour via Tauranga. Heavy vehicles should detour via Tokoroa.

Police cordon points on SH5 are at the SH28, Tapapa, intersection and at Maraeroa Rd intersection for local travel only between Ngongotahā, Hamurana or Mamaku.

A St John spokeswoman said two ambulances and a helicopter were on the scene.

A cafe owner in the area said she had seen a lot of emergency service vehicles driving past before closing the road.

“There were about four police cars, a helicopter, two ambulances. I’m not sure what happened but it seems bad,” she said.

More to come.


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