Emergency services were kept busy with two car crashes within five minutes of each other last night.

The first occurred on Heads Rd, near Gilberd St, when a vehicle crashed into a power pole around 8.50pm.

A Fire and Emergency spokesperson said five people were in the vehicle at the time.

One person was assessed and treated by ambulance staff at the scene.

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The second callout was after a car went off Blueskin Road in Westmere around 8.55pm.

One person received moderate injuries and was transported to Whanganui Hospital.