Two people have been flown to hospital with serious injuries following a head-on car crash at Mangamaunu, north of Kaikoura.
Southern Fire Communications shift manager Brent Dunn said two vehicles were involved in the collision, which happened about 4.15pm.
Dunn said two people had to be cut from the vehicles.
A police spokeswoman said the head-on collision was between a four-wheel drive and a camper van.
The male driver of the camper van has been flown to Wellington Hospital in a serious condition. The female passenger was uninjured.
The four-wheel drive had one occupant, a male who has been flown to Christchurch Hospital in a serious condition.
The accident was on State Highway 1 north of Kaikoura. Sergeant Julian Lewis of Kaikoura police said the highway was likely to be closed until about 8pm.
He said the crash occurred on a slight bend and weather at the time was good. A serious crash investigation is under way.
- The Press
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