An elderly man is dead after the car he was driving crashed into a house in North Canterbury just after midday today.

The 70-year-old man died when his car left the road and hit a house in Sewell St in Kaiapoi at about 12.20pm this afternoon.

The man was the only person in the car and no other vehicles were involved, a police spokesman said.

The house was a vacant, red-zoned property and no other people were injured in the crash.


While it was for a coroner to determine the cause of the crash, indications were that a "medical event" was involved, said police.

The man's identity is expected to be released later this afternoon.