Crashes leave seven in hospital
LATEST: Two major car crashes in Canterbury last night landed seven people in hospital, four of whom had serious injuries.
Some of the patients had to be cut from a vehicle and two were flown to Christchurch Hospital's emergency department by helicopter, a police spokesman said.
A car carrying four passengers veered off North Canterbury's Upper Sefton Rd and drove into a ditch at 7.30pm.
The Rangiora fire brigade responded to the call and found two people trapped inside the vehicle. They were cut out with two sets of jaws of life within 30 minutes and taken to hospital by ambulance.
The road was closed for about two hours after the crash.
All four passengers were injured, two were flown to hospital by helicopter with serious injuries and the other two were taken to hospital by ambulance with moderate injuries, a St John spokesman said.
The police serious crash unit also attended the incident.
Less than an hour before, another three people were taken to hospital after a car crash in Casebrook.
Two vehicles crashed and hit a power pole, bringing the lines down, on Cavendish Rd about 6.45pm, police said.
Three ambulances and a response vehicle attended the incident and three patients were taken to hospital, two in a serious condition, a St John spokesman said.
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