Two people have been killed in a car crash in South Canterbury this morning, bringing the holiday road toll to seven.
Police were alerted to the incident at 8.34am and St John said two people died at the scene.
Local diversions are in place.
Northbound traffic is being diverted along Old Ferry Rd and southbound drivers are being diverted along Glenavy Tawai Rd.
Three cars were involved in the crash and the driver of one vehicle, a woman, died at the scene.
The driver and passenger in the second car sustained serious injuries, and the driver of third car has minor injuries.
-Additional reporting from Stuff