A 20-year-old man has died after a car and motorbike collided in Linwood in Christchurch this evening.

Following the crash the motorbike caught on fire, police said.

The motorbike rider died as a result of the crash.

The crash happened on Aldwins Rd just north of Ferry Rd about 6.15pm tonight and motorists are being asked to avoid the area, a police media spokeswoman said.

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The serious crash unit is investigating.