A 20-year-old man was killed and two others were injured when two vehicles collided in Christchurch last night.
Emergency services were called to the scene of the collision on Sumner Road between Old Sumner Littleton and Evans Pass roads near Littleton around 11pm on Monday.
A 20-year-old man was found dead at the scene. Two others sustained moderate to severe injuries.
One of the vehicles crossed the center line, Superintendent Lane Todd said.
Possibly caused a speeding accident.
An investigation, involving members of the Ceres crash unit, was ongoing.
The road was closed after the accident, but it was open until 6 p.m.
St. John’s spokesman Gerard Campbell said three ambulances were involved in the crash and two people, one critically injured and the other moderately injured, were taken to Christchurch Hospital.
Fire and Emergency New Zealand spokesman Brent Dunn said a crew from Littleton was dispatched to the scene and found two people trapped in separate vehicles.
He said two additional staff from Christchurch and Wagram were sent to help rescue the trapped people.
At least 226 people have been killed on New Zealand roads so far this year – 34 of them in Canterbury, according to the Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) Road Death.
According to NZTA accident statistics, there have been at least 13 accidents on the stretch of Sumner Rd where the fatal accident occurred overnight. Seven of them suffered minor injuries while the rest suffered no injuries.