Two women were taken to hospital after their car hit a power pole near New Plymouth yesterday morning.
Senior Constable Keith Bromley, of Highway Patrol, said the car was travelling north in Egmont Rd about 8.50am when it crossed the centre line and hit the pole.
He said the driver, a 21-year-old woman, and a woman passenger of unknown age had been taken to Taranaki Base Hospital with moderate injuries.
The driver's side of the car was badly damaged and the passenger's side of the windscreen was smashed. The road was closed while emergency services attended.
Anne Marie Wissema, of Lepperton, was one of the first on the scene.
"They were screaming and very scared," she said.
"I think they thought it was going to blow up."
She said one of the women had climbed out of the car, wandered across the road and collapsed.
Mr Bromley said it was a timely reminder for people to wear seatbelts, drive to the conditions, take heed of road advisory signs and concentrate on driving.
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