Three people have been taken to hospital with moderate injuries after a car crashed into and downed a power pole on State Highway 5, near Napier.
SH5, between Hill Street and the Napier-Taupō Rd's intersection with State Highway 2, was closed after the crash about 6pm on Sunday.
As at 9.30pm it was open to one-lane of traffic, but police advice remained to "avoid the area if possible".
"The highway between still has contractors at the scene fixing the downed-power pole," a police spokesperson said.
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"There is a contraflow system in place, so vehicles can get through however traffic will be significantly delayed."
An inquiry into the crash continues.