Driver critical after crash near Taupo

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One person is in a critical condition following a crash on State Highway 1 near Taupo, reports Stuff.

The injured person is understood to have been the driver of a car which hit a barrier south of Wairakei at approximately 4:15pm.

"The car is blocking traffic in both directions," a police spokeswoman told Stuff.

The road has been closed between Wairakei roundabout and Centennial Drive. 

"Diversions are in place," added the spokeswoman, "but they are a long way from the crash site, so we're asking people to delay their travel."

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