State Highway 73, near Arthurs Pass in now open with one lane
after a crash closed the highway earlier this afternoon.
Five people were injured, but their injuries were "not
believed to be life-threatening", said Christchurch police
shift inspector John Doherty.
All the injured had been taken from the scene by rescue
helicopter by the time police arrived.
He could not confirm the number of vehicles involved.
Police would try to reopen the remaining lane soon.