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Five die in road crash

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 2/08/2016

Five people have died after a car and a logging truck collided on State Highway 2 near Tauranga.

Police say the crash happened about 8.15pm on Tuesday, near the intersection with Dawson's Rd at Aongatete.

The incident forced the closure of the highway in both directions between Morton Road and Thompson's Track.

Motorists driving to Tauranga from Waikato, Auckland or Coromandel were told they couldn't go via Waihi but should travel via the Kaimai Summit or Rotorua.

Fire Service northern communications shift manager Paul Radden said the service had five crews at the scene with rescue tenders and heavy rescue equipment.

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