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Road closures, diversions in place after two separate South Island vehicle crashes

Road closures and diversions are in place after two separate crashes have taken place in the South Island this afternoon.

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

Emergency services were called to the scene of a serious crash at the intersection of Ellesmere Road and Tancreds Road in Lincoln in Canterbury just after 4.30pm.

A St Johns spokesperson said two people were taken to Christchurch Hospital, with one in a serious condition and the other critical.

The road is closed and motorists are advised to avoid the area.

Meanwhile, police were also called to a single-vehicle crash on State Highway 6, near Athol in Southland about 5pm.

Police confirmed that one of the occupants of the car had died at the scene, while four others were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area, diversions will be in place.