A driver has been rushed to hospital after a car reportedly went down a bank in Christchurch this afternoon.

Emergency services were called to reports of a person being trapped inside a vehicle in the hillside suburb of Cashmere shortly after 1pm.

A spokeswoman for St John said one person was taken to hospital by ambulance with serious injuries.

Two fire appliances were also dispatched to the scene.

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Police said just one vehicle was involved in the incident.