Two people have been transported to hospital following a two-car crash in Canterbury.

Fire and emergency services were alerted to a head-on collision on Mairaki Rd, in Fernside, just before 7pm.

A police spokeswoman said one person has been transported to hospital with serious injuries, while fire services were working on cutting another person out of a second vehicle.

A St John spokesman said three ambulances were sent to the scene and two patients had been transported to Christchurch Hospital, one in a moderate condition and the other in a serious condition.

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A fire spokesman confirmed it send two appliances to the scene, and crews worked to extricate one person from a vehicle.

He said crews were now working on cleaning up the scene.