Several youths - who police claim were part of a "boy racer group" - have been left critically injured after a crash in South Auckland overnight.'
Emergency services respond to a severe crash on Allens Road, East Tamaki around midnight.
The vehicle, a Mazda Demio, was travelling at speed when it collided with a traffic light at the intersection of Allens Rd and Neilpark Drive in East Tamaki, police said.
On impact, multiple persons were trapped, being left in a critical condition and having to be cut free by fire crews.
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Allens Road has been closed by Auckland Operational Support and Police while the Serious Crash Unit attended.
"Speed is a factor along with inexperience," a police spokesperson said.
"The vehicle was part of a group of boy racer group, we understand at this stage.
"The conditions are wet, and the simple message is slow down and drive to the conditions."