Man critical after Hawkes Bay crash

A 45-year-old Hawke's Bay man is in critical condition in Hawke's Bay Hospital after his car rolled in Raukawa south of Hastings early this morning.

Police said he was the sole occupant of the car, which was found in a paddock on its side by a local resident who phoned police at 7.39am.

"When we got there the person was out of the car but had serious injuries," Eastern district acting Senior Sergeant Clint Adamson said.

"We can't ascertain how long he was there."

He said the car was found on its side on Raukawa Rd, about 6km from the intersection with Maraekakaho Rd.

It had rolled multiple times over a distance of about 50m, destroying a section of fencing with concrete strainer posts.

Police said the car ended up on its side against an electric fence which was still operating. 

St John Ambulance district operations manager Stephen Smith said the man had received head injuries and was in a critical condition when delivered to hospital.

A Hawke's Bay Hospital spokesperson said the man remained in a critical condition.

- Hawke's Bay Today

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