A car fire has been extinguished after crashing into a tree in Rotorua.

Emergency services are at the scene on Ford Rd.

A St John spokeswoman said one person had been taken to Rotorua Hospital in a moderate condition.

A car has crashed into a tree and is on fire on Ford Rd. Photo / Supplied
A car has crashed into a tree and is on fire on Ford Rd. Photo / Supplied

A section of Ford Rd had earlier been closed.

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An eye witness said he heard the "unusual" sound of metal wrap around the tree.

The burnt out car and damaged tree. Photo / Stephen Parker
The burnt out car and damaged tree. Photo / Stephen Parker

He came out of his house and saw the car in flames and called 111. The passenger was lying across the road with a sore leg, he said.

He said the driver of the vehicle ran away up a driveway

A police spokeswoman said they believed another person was in the car who has fled the scene.

The spokeswoman said the car, which was stolen, had been removed.

She said no arrests have been made yet but police were following lines of inquiry to locate the driver who fled.

The burnt out car. Photo / Stephen Parker
The burnt out car. Photo / Stephen Parker