Ute hits tree, two flown to hospital
Two people have been flown to hospital with serious injuries after crashing into a tree near Ashburton.
Senior Sergeant Grant Russell, of Ashburton, said the crash happened on State Highway 1, just south of the Fairton turnoff, about 11.30am today.
A ute veered off the road, crashing into a tree and injuring the female driver and male passenger.
The woman suffered "reasonably serious" injuries, while the man suffered moderate to serious injuries.
The pair were flown to Christchurch Hospital by the Westpac rescue helicopter.
Russell said it was not yet known why the ute left the road.
SH1 was closed briefly while the rescue helicopter picked up the injured pair, but the road had since reopened, he said.
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