TWO people were rushed to hospital on Friday morning after the car they were travelling in crashed at a Charlestown Service station.
Emergency services were called to the Coles petrol station on the Pacific Highway just before 2am.
The alleged stolen Subaru WRX was travelling north along the Pacific Highway when the driver lost control. Near the intersection of Frederick Street the car crashed into a service station and an unattended parked car.
The car ignited and the three occupants managed to escape the wreckage.
A 24-year-old man from Taree was conscious and breathing when paramedics arrived at the scene. He suffered bleeding on the head and was taken in a stable condition to John Hunter Hospital.
A 32-year-old woman from Gateshead suffered multiple lacerations and a suspected pelvic fracture. She was transferred to hospital in a serious condition.
A third passenger, a 22-year-old man from Gateshead, was treated at the scene but did not require further medical transfer.
Two of three northbound lanes on the Pacific Highway were closed while emergency services worked to clear the site and the crash investigation unit examined the scene.
Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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