Person dead after car collides with carrier truck in North Canterbury

State Highway 1 was closed for several hours following the fatal crash.
JOHN KIRK-ANDERSON/FAIRFAX NZ

State Highway 1 was closed for several hours following the fatal crash.

A woman has died after a car crashed head-on into a car-carrier truck near Amberley, North Canterbury.

The collision happened on State Highway 1 shortly after 11am on Tuesday.

Canterbury road policing manager Inspector Al Stewart said the car crossed the centre line into the path of the truck.

The driver of the car carrier truck was not injured in the crash.
JOHN KIRK-ANDERSON/FAIRFAX NZ

The driver of the car carrier truck was not injured in the crash.

A woman in the vehicle suffered critical injuries, Stewart said.

A police spokeswoman said the injured woman was flown to Christchurch Hospital, where she later died. 

The woman was the only person in the car.

The truck driver was not injured. 

The police serious crash unit was investigating. It was too early to say why the car crossed the centre line.

A section of SH1 was closed for nearly six hours. It reopened about 4.45pm.

Bystander Diana Hall said the carrier truck and a Honda Civic crashed into each other.

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