A man escaped uninjured after his car struck a 33,000 volt power pole in a 100km zone near Bulls this morning.
The crash occurred about 7.30am at the intersection of Pukepapa Rd and State Highway 3 and caused commuter delays when the power pole collapsed and caused a fire.
Senior constable Gary Woodthorpe, from the Marton station, said the car was travelling west along State Highway 3 when it left the road at Pukepapa Rd.
"It's hit a large power pole which has collapsed causing arcing and sparked a small grass fire," he said.
"Motorists stopped and fire, police and ambulance have turned up. The road was down from three lanes to two while the area was cleared.
"The single occupant was a bit dazed but unhurt and able to get out of the car."
Woodthorpe said he was checked by ambulance staff and taken home.
The vehicle was badly damaged in the crash and power is out to a small area while repairs are made to the power pole.
- Manawatu Standard
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