An elderly driver appears to have crossed the centre line of a Christchurch highway before fatally colliding with a van coming the other way.
The crash was the second in less than 10 minutes on Christchurch roads on Monday afternoon.
Canterbury metro area commander Superintendent Lane Todd said the police serious crash unit was called to carry out a scene examination after the crash, which happened on Queen Elizabeth II Drive (State Highway 74) at 1.40pm.
He said it appeared the elderly woman’s car “crossed onto the wrong side of the road and collided with the van”.
The 86-year-old woman was initially trapped in her car and died at the scene, police said. Another person was treated for minor injuries.
The road was closed for several hours, but had reopened by 4.45pm.
Minutes later, emergency services were called to a crash on Dyers Pass Rd, between Victoria Park and Summit Rd in Cashmere.
A police spokeswoman said initial reports suggested the car may have rolled about 4 metres off a bank.
A female was treated at the scene.