Power has been cut to parts of Devonport, on Auckland's North Shore, following an early-morning high-speed crash.
One person suffered serious injuries, and three other people suffered moderate injuries, after a car lost control on Lake Road, near Narrowneck, and slammed into a concrete power pole.
The car then crashed through a wooden fence and ripped out several fruit trees before coming to rest just metres from a house.
A resident of the house - who did not want to be named - said she was ''half awake'' when the accident happened at about 4.30am.
''I heard a bang, saw a big flash and that was it,'' she said.
''I am not easily shocked ... I just phoned the police. They dealt with it and got everybody there. We stayed inside ... we could see the power lines were hanging low from the house.
''We didn't want to get involved, being electrocuted or anything like that. There were plenty of people out there taking care of things ... all the services arrived very quickly.''
Once power was resumed to the property, she said thought would be given to cleaning up her front yard.
''There will be a mess, but we will deal with that,'' she said.
Lake Road was closed for more than three hours after the crash.
The road was reopened before 8.30am.
But power is expected to remain off for several households and small business in the immediate area as workers erect a new power pole and repair damaged powerlines.
The Serious Crash Unit was investigating the cause of the crash.
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