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Seven hurt in Whanganui chase crash

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 18/12/2016

Seven teens were hurt and one remains in intensive care after the car they were in struck a power pole while fleeing police in Whanganui - the second chase ending in injuries overnight.

Six of teens, aged between 11 and 16, were treated for minor and moderate injuries after the car flipped, but have all been discharged from hospital following the crash on Sunday night.

Police say they tried to pull over the car, which was reportedly stolen, on Carlton Avenue at 10pm, but the driver failed to stop and hit a power pole following a short pursuit.

One remains in the intensive care unit, but is improving, police say.

The group will be referred to Youth Aid and the chase has been referred to the Independent Police Conduct Authority.

The pursuit was one of two overnight, with five teens hurt in a collision with parked cars in south Auckland's Papatoetoe at 4am on Monday.

Police say they had tried to stop the car that was being driven dangerously on Great South Road when the driver fled before crashing a short time later.

Two have serious injuries and three have moderate injuries and are being treated in Middlemore Hospital.

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