A car flipped upside down after hitting a power pole on Masterton’s High St on Friday. PHOTO/ELI HILL

ELI HILL
eli.hill@age.co.nz

A woman in her 70s was hospitalised after the car she was driving left the road, hit and destroyed a power pole, and flipped on to its roof partially blocking Masterton’s High St on Friday afternoon.

The crash, near the intersection with Manchester St, at 2.07pm caused 10 houses to lose power for a few hours.

Constable Matt Waugh said it appeared the driver had fallen asleep while driving.

Fragments of power pole, pieces of the car, and cut powerlines lay on the footpath beside the road as the driver, face bloodied, was stretchered into a waiting ambulance.

She was taken to Wairarapa Hospital where she was listed in stable condition.

Linemen were quick to the scene, and a detour was put in place, diverting southbound traffic down Manchester St.

Traffic was flowing again along High St by 3.45pm.