Eight in hospital after head-on crash

Eight people are in Christchurch Hospital after a head-on crash on State Highway 1 near Leathfield Beach in North Canterbury yesterday.

A Christchurch Hospital spokeswoman said one person was in a critical condition and two were seriously injured but stable.

Two other people were stable with moderate injuries and another three people were in a stable condition.

The crash occurred at 11.35am yesterday, just south of the turn-off to Leathfield Beach.

The road was closed with detours in place until just before 4pm.

Police are still investigating the cause of the crash.

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