Car shatters after slamming into power pole
A 23-year-old North Canterbury man has suffered life-threatening injuries in a crash that threw him from the vehicle.
The Westpac rescue helicopter was called to the crash, shortly after midnight, in the small town of Hawarden.
The Hawarden man, who was the sole occupant of the car, crashed into a concrete power pole and was "ejected from the vehicle", a rescue helicopter spokesman said.
"It blew the car apart. The car ended up 30 to 40 metres down the road," he said.
The man was about 3m from the car, he said.
The man was flown to Christchurch Hospital in a "very serious condition" with "multiple trauma injuries".
The man was believed to have been at a funeral earlier that day.
A MainPower spokesman said the crash cut power to Hawarden township for a short time.
Police were investigating the crash.
Constable Danny Giles said alcohol was suspected as a possible factor in the crash. "It's part of the investigation. It will just have to run its course," he said.
Giles said the man would have been blood tested for alcohol when he was taken to hospital. The serious crash unit is investigating, he said.
A Christchurch Hospital spokeswoman said the man was in a critical condition in the intensive care unit.