Two cousins last night remained seriously ill in hospital after an early-morning weekend crash near Napier.
Teneia Hura, 28, of Napier, was in a critical condition in intensive care, and a 36-year-old cousin was seriously ill in a high dependency unit, Hawke's Bay Hospital media staff reported.
The two women were in a car which hit a pole in Eriksen Rd, off Kenny Rd near the southeastern outskirts of Napier, about 3.30am on Saturday.
The Fire Service was called to the scene of the accident at 3.41am and an officer said the crew arrived to find one person trapped under the car and the other inside, with police already at the scene.
The pole snapped at the base and was swinging from live wires as the Fire Service began working nearby to lift the wreckage to free the younger woman and to extricate the other occupant.
Earlier in the morning another person was also taken to hospital after a crash near Bridge Pa, west of Hastings. No further details were available from police yesterday about that crash near the intersection of Maraekakaho and Stock Roads, to which the Fire Service was called at 1.58am.
One person was reported to have suffered minor injuries in a crash in Central Hawke's Bay about 9am on Saturday.
It happened in Black Rd, Ashley Clinton.