BOP highway open after serious crash

Emergency services were called to the scene of the crash around 6.30pm. File photo/Daniel Hines/SunLive.

State Highway 2 is open following a serious crash in the Bay of Plenty,

Emergency services were called to the scene of the crash near Matata around 6.30pm.

A St John spokesperson says the crash was near Thornton Road.

"Two ambulances and a helicopter were sent. One person was critically injured."

A police spokesperson says two vehicle were involved in the crash.

The road was closed to allow the serious crash unit to examine the scene.

It was re-opened around 11pm.

"Police thank motorists for their patience," says a police spokesperson.

"Enquiries into the circumstances of the crash are ongoing."

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