Police has revealed that one person has died and nine injured at a serious crash between a truck and a van on State Highway 5, Tarawera. 

Emergency services, including rescue helicopters attended the crash just earlier this morning after distress calls were made. 

Initial indications were that two people had serious injuries and eight have more moderate injuries which was later updated as one person succumbed to injuries as a result. 

The road is closed and will be for some time while the Serious Crash Unit examine the scene.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area. The cause of the crash is under investigation.