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A motorcyclist is dead after being involved in a crash with a truck in Canterbury this morning.
The crash occurred on State Highway 1 on the Rakaia River bridge, south of Christchurch, about 9.45am.
Police initially said one person was in a serious condition but in an update around 1.30pm they advised the motorcyclist had been killed.
The highway is closed while the Serious Crash Unit examines the scene.
There is a detour inland via the Rakaia Gorge, and traffic volumes are reportedly heavy and there are lengthy delays.
The death brings the holiday weekend road toll to eight.