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Source: New Zealand Police (District News)

Motorists are asked to avoid State Highway 27 north of Matamata following a serious crash.

Police are responding to a two-vehicle crash on State Highway 27 in Waharoa, just north of Matamata.

The crash, between a truck and a ute, occurred about 6:30am.

Both the truck and ute have gone down a bank and the truck has caught alight.

The road is closed and a rescue helicopter has been dispatched to the scene.

Diversions are being put in place, however motorists are asked to avoid the area.