Serious crash on Johns Rd
Five people have been injured after two separate crashes on State Highway 1 near Christchurch this afternoon.
In the latest incident, two people were injured during a crash near the intersection of State Highway 1 and Pa Rd, between Kaiapoi and Woodend.
A police spokesman said the crash - which was reported about 2.40pm - was not believed to be serious, but motorists should expect delays while the scene was cleared.
Two vehicles were understood to be involved.
The crash followed another further south on State Highway 1 near the intersection of Johns Rd and Connemara Dr, in Belfast, just after 1pm.
A police spokeswoman said two vehicles had collided head-on, injuring three people.
All three were taken to Christchurch Hospital with minor to moderate injuries.
Johns Rd was expected to reopen by 3pm, but motorists were advised to expect delays.
The crash happened near the same spot as another that killed an elderly man last year.
John Palmer Allan, 82, of Northwood, died in Christchurch Hospital after colliding with a truck and trailer unit on October 24.
Police inquires had indicated Allan had been turning from Connemara Dr into Johns Rd, but failed to give way to the truck travelling west along Johns Rd.