"A number of people" have died after a vehicle crashed in Timaru, police have confirmed.
The crash occurred at the intersection of Seadown Road and Meadows Road in Washdyke just about 7.30pm.
"Sadly, a number of people died at the scene," Aoraki area commander Inspector Dave Gaskin said.
"Early indications are that speed was a factor in the crash."
Another person was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
The road will be closed for a significant period of time while a scene examination is undertaken.
The serious crash unit has been advised.