Motorist critical after colliding with power pole
UPDATE 11:50AM: Police are appealing for witnesses to this morning's crash at Caravonica, with a male patient in a critical condition.
Forensic Crash Unit Sgt Scott Ezard said the 34-year old man from Brinsmead was driving southbound along Kamerunga Road in his silver Ford Falcon XR6 ute which went off the road at 6.30am.
"(The driver) struck an overhead gantry light pole, tearing it off at its base, then continued on striking a power pole, which ripped the front driver-side wheel out," he said.
"The vehicle rolled over and came to rest on the grass verge where he was discovered by passers-by.
"Emergency services found him outside the vehicle on the grass with significant injuries to the lower limbs and abdomen."
Sgt Ezard said initial investigations suggested speed was a factor in the crash.
"Investigators are working with family members to determine whether this may have been a deliberate action," he said.
"There were direct witnesses to the incident. We call upon anyone that may have seen the silver Falcon travelling at speed in the vicinity around 6.30am to contact Crimestoppers or Cairns Police Station."
The man is currently being treated in the Cairns Hospital ICU.
EARLIER: A man is in the ICU with serious injuries after colliding with a power pole on a Cairns street earlier this morning.
Emergency services were called to Caravonica at 6.34am after a single-vehicle hit a power-pole and rolled at the intersection of Kamerunga Road and Stewarts Road.
The 34-year old male driver, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle suffered critical injuries and was transported to Cairns Hospital.
A hospital spokesman said he was being treated for his injuries in the ICU.