Two people have died in a crash on the outskirts of Christchurch early this morning.
The crash on Russley Rd (SH1) in Burnside happened around 6.45am and involved two vehicles. Both drivers died at the scene, police said in a statement.
The crash happened between Memorial Ave and Harewood Rd. That section of the motorway remains closed.
The driver of one vehicle is reported to have turned the wrong way down the motorway and collided head-on with the other vehicle.
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Stuff reported the vehicle had left BP on Russley Rd and taken the wrong exit onto the motorway, into oncoming traffic.
Police have confirmed to the Herald the crash happened on the northbound side but did not clarify whether both drivers were headed in the same direction - saying only that the circumstances of the crash would be subject to investigation.
The speed limit on that section of State Highway 1 is 80km/hr, with a median barrier separating north and southbound drivers.
The road was initially closed in both directions but one southbound lane has now reopened. The northbound lane is expected to remain closed for several hours.