A young man is dead after a car crash in Canterbury this evening.

Emergency services were called to State Highway 1 in Dunsandel about 5pm today after two cars crashed head on.

The 20-year-old driver and sole occupant of a Subaru died at the scene.

Police are working on contacting the man's family.

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The driver and passengers of a Toyota vehicle have been taken to Christchurch Hospital.

Detours are in place on while the serious crash unit completes a scene examination.

South bound traffic is being detoured at Frasers Rd and North bound traffic being detoured at Sheats Rd.