A man is fighting for his life after a car crashed into a fence in Whangarei this morning.

A police spokeswoman said the car left the road and hit a fence on Keyte St, Kensington.

A man suffered critical injuries and two others in the car had minor injuries.

The accident happened just before 10.30am.

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Only one car was involved in the smash.

St John Ambulance said three people were taken to Whangarei Hospital, one in a critical condition.