UPDATED 9.02AM: The person initially reported to be in critical condition following a crash near Otorohanga, has now died.
This means the crash is now a double fatal, as another person died at the scene of the crash earlier this morning.
"The road is expected to remain closed for some time, and diversions are still in place," says a police spokesperson.
"The Serious Crash Unit is examining the scene."
One person is dead and another is in critical condition following a crash in Otorohanga.
Emergency services are at the scene of a serious crash on State Highway 3, near Awatene Road.
Police were called about 7.55am.
"One person has died following the crash," confirmed a police spokesperson.
"Another person is understood to be in a critical condition."
The Serious Crash Unit will attend the scene.
"The road is closed with diversions in place.
"Motorists are advised to avoid the area."