TWO people were rescued from the wreckage of a car after it hit a lamp post in Waterlooville.
Firefighters and paramedics battled to help the injured driver and his passenger after the crash in Hulbert Road.
Their black Hyundai had hit the kerb on the central reservation before crashing into the post and landing on the other side of the road.
The crash, which left both the driver and passenger with serious injuries, happened at about 2.45pm yesterday.
One of the men was taken by air ambulance to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.
A second helicopter was called but was not needed to transport the other casualty.
He was taken by road to Southampton General Hospital.
His injuries were last night described as potentially life-threatening.
Both men, who were aged 25 and 30, were placed on spinal boards at the scene.
An eyewitness, who lives nearby and did not want to be named, said: ‘I was indoors when we heard a huge bang.
‘We went outside and then the car was off the road.
‘It looked like a very nasty accident.
‘The next thing we knew there was an air ambulance coming down the road and it landed in the middle.
‘Then a second one turned up.’
A large stretch of Hulbert Road was closed between the two roundabouts nearest to the town centre.
Once the two men were taken to hospital, accident investigators arrived to inspect the area.
Police kept the road shut until around 7.10pm.
Firefighters had to free one of the men from the car by cutting him out.
A total of 15 firefighters and a manager were called to the crash. Two units came from Waterlooville along with a special equipment unit and pump from Cosham.
A spokeswoman for Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said: ‘We were called to a road traffic collision involving a car and a lamp post on the highway.
‘One person was extricated from the vehicle and a further casualty was transferred to hospital by ambulance.’