A motorcyclist was critically injured in a crash with a car in Otago this afternoon.

The incident occurred on Hampden-Palmerston Rd, near Shag Point, about 4.30pm, a police spokeswoman said.

The motorcyclist was thought to have suffered a broken pelvis and two broken wrists.

It was not believed anyone in the car was injured.

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The motorcyclist was airlifted to hospital.