Two dead in Central Otago crash

Two male motorcyclists are confirmed dead - and two young women are seriously injured - after a crash on the Lindis Pass this afternoon.

Both the injured women are aged 20.

One has been flown to Dunedin Hospital by helicopter and the other taken to the Cromwell Medical Centre by ambulance, an ambulance spokeswoman said.

Police said the crash on State Highway 8 involved two motorcycles and a car.

Emergency services were called to the scene at Goodger Road, about 20 km north of Tarras, at 2.15pm.

Serious crash investigators are investigating the cause of the collision. 

State Highway 8 was closed but a single lane was opened about 5pm.

Police say motorists can expect delays and are requested to be patient.