Two people are critically injured, and another is in a moderate condition, after a two-vehicle crash in Central Otago this afternoon.

Emergency services were called to the crash on State Highway 8 at Fruitlands near Alexandra at about 12.25pm. The crash happened between Butchers Point and Conroys roads.

“Initial indications suggest three people have injuries, two have critical injuries, and one is in a moderate condition,” police said.

Police said the road is closed and traffic management is being arranged. “Diversions will be through Earnscleugh. However, motorists should expect delays and postpone travel if possible.”

Police remain at the scene, and the serious crash unit has been advised.