UPDATED 3.35PM: One of the drivers involved in a crash near Edgecumbe has since died.
Police remain on the scene at Te Teko Road this afternoon, while the Serious Crash Unit investigates.
Te Teko Road near Edgecumbe is closed while emergency services deal with a serious crash, which has left a person trapped in one of the vehicles involved.
NZ Fire Service northern communications centre shift manager Paul Radden says Edgecumbe fire fighters are working to free the trapped person.
Two vehicles are believed to be involved.
The crash happened around 12.45pm.
A police spokesperson says emergency services were notified at 12:43pm of a two-vehicle collision on Te Teko Road between Powell Road and Otakiri Road. One driver had minor injuries, the other driver was trapped and reportedly in a critical condition, a helicopter was called for.
The Serious Crash Unit has been advised and diversions were being put in place at Powell/Otakiri.
Te Teko road connects SH2 at Edgecumbe with SH 30 near Te Teko.