The New Zealand Transport Agency are advising road users to avoid the Awakino gorge completely following a fatal accident on Monday.
NZTA spokesperson Sarah-Lee Crellin said the road remains closed and we do not have an expected opening time.
We ask motorists to avoid the area if possible or be prepared for a very long detour. Southbound traffic detour via SH4, SH43 and SH3.
Reverse for northbound traffic.
Emergency services were called to the area around 12.30pm and an investigation into the crash is underway.
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