Touring cyclist hit by car in Canterbury
A cyclist has serious head injuries after being hit from behind by a car in Canterbury.
A police spokesman said crash happened on State Highway 1, near the intersection of Grays Rd, near Amberley about 12:45pm.
A Westpac Rescue Helicopter spokesman said they transported a 59-year-old cyclist to Christchurch Hospital.
It appeared the man was hit from behind by the car causing him to fly about 10 metres through the air, he said.
It was understood the man and his partner, who are from the North Island, were doing a cycle tour of the South Island.
The couple were riding single file, had helmets on and were wearing the appropriate gear, the spokesman said.
A Canterbury District Health Board spokeswoman said the man was in a serious, but stable, condition.
Earlier, a person was airlifted to hospital in a serious condition after a two-car crash in South Canterbury.
A police spokesman said two cars crashed on State Highway 79, near Arundel Belfield Rd, near Geraldine just after 11am.
One person was flown to Christchurch Hospital by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter in a serious condition.
Another person was treated at the scene.