Two women, both in their 70's, were taken to Hawke's Bay Hospital yesterday afternoon following a car crash at the corner of Karamu Rd North and Queen St East.
Police said a Subaru station wagon turning right into Karamu Rd North from Queen St East was at fault.
The driver in his mid 20s suffered no injuries.
St John district operations manager Stephen Smith said the two elderly women both suffered minor injuries and were taken to Hawke's Bay Hospital for precautionary measures.
The elderly driver was treated for a deep cut on her wrist and a split lip at the scene by an EIT nursing lecturer who was passing by.
Two female witnesses said they saw the station wagon turn right in front of the Mazda car as it headed straight through the lights at the intersection.
"We came out of a shop and heard the squealing of brakes, we looked up and a man was getting out of the Subaru to help - it all happened so fast.
"A doctor was driving past and asked if they needed a hand," one woman said.
The doctor had come from Hastings Health Centre and was able to assess an elderly woman in the front passenger seat of the Mazda, who was complaining of chest pain.