A man has been found in a critical condition in his car, which is believed to have rolled after coming off a road near Hastings.
Senior sergeant Clint Adamson said the man's vehicle had come to rest against an electric fence which still had a current running through it.
Police were called to the car at 7.35am. The car was beside Raukawa Rd in a rural area about 7km from Bridge Pa, near Hastings.
"The man is in a critical condition. At this stage it's unclear how long he had been in the vehicle and whether his condition is due to the accident or whether he has hypothermia," Adamson said.
The 45-year-old man was taken to Hawke's Bay Hospital at around 8am.
- The Dominion Post