One dead after car hits tree in Canterbury town

One person has died this morning after a car hit a tree near the town of Methven, about 100km west of Christchurch.

A file image of a police car at the scene of a crash. Source: 1 NEWS

Police were told about the crash at the intersection of Back Track and Woods Road at about 6.15am.

The person died at the scene and was the only person in the car, police said.

An investigation into the circumstances of the crash has begun.