A 21-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman are dead after a
crash in south Canterbury.
Police were alerted to the incident when an injured person
was found on State Highway 82, near the crash scene at Waihao
Downs in Waimate District, about 8am.
It was thought the crash had happened sometime overnight.
From initial scene examination it appeared a vehicle
travelling from Waimate towards Kurow failed to take a
left-hand bend, left the road and ended up in the bottom of a
small gully, police said.
It appeared neither of the people who died were wearing
Police said speed and alcohol were also contributing factors
to the crash.
The victims have yet to be formally identified, but names
will be released once next of kin are notified.