Two motorists have died at the scene of a serious crash that has closed State Highway 1 at Manakau, south of Levin this morning.

The crash, involving a car and a motorcycle, occurred on SH1 between Whakahoro Rd and Kuku East Rd about 5.35am.

The motorcycle rider and pillion passenger died at the scene.

A police spokesperson said the road remained closed but they were working to reopen it as soon as possible.

A St Johns Ambulance spokesperson said they were notified at 5.38am and sent two ambulances to the scene.

The Serious Crash Unit is on site conducting an investigation.

Waka Kotahi NZTA has advised motorists delay their travel as there is no detour available.

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