Two people are dead and another seriously injured following a two-car collision in South Canterbury this evening.

The crash happened on State Highway 8, between Hayman Rd and Tekapo Canal Rd, shortly after 5.15pm, police said.

The road is currently closed, and the serious crash unit is investigating.

Police have asked anyone who noticed a silver 2017 Toyota Highlander travelling north of SH8 prior to the crash, or anyone who witnessed the collision, to contact them on 03 687 9808.

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