A person has died and another is trapped after a two-vehicle crash involving a truck in North Canterbury.
Emergency services were called to the incident on Tram Rd at about 7.29am.
A police spokesperson confirmed a person has died.
A St John spokesman said one person with critical injuries is being transported to Christchurch Hospital. He suggested contacting police for further information.
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NZ Herald photographer George Heard said a trapped motorist was freed by fire crews.
He said the serious crash unit is surveying the crash site, where a truck lies, wrecked, on the side of the road.
A police spokesperson said diversions will be in place and motorists are asked to avoid the area.
"Anything further will be issued proactively when we are able to."