A 32-year-old Canberra man has died in hospital after his car crashed into a light pole in Franklin early this morning.

Police said the man, who suffered head and chest injuries, crashed at the intersection of Henry Kendall and Pape streets about 2am.

It was unclear what caused his maroon Holden sedan to crash into the pole. ACT Policing’s Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team is investigating.

The man was trapped in his vehicle and two crews from the ACT Fire Brigade took about 50 minutes to free him using hydraulic tools.

ACT Ambulance Service operation manager Rodney Chandler said intensive care paramedics treated the man for critical injuries before firefighters freed him from the wrecked car.

“We carried out some procedures and attempted to stabilise him as best we could, prior to him being released from the vehicle,” Mr Chandler said.

“He remained in a critical condition and we transported him to the Canberra Hospital,” he said.

Two ambulance crews, two fire brigade crews, and police attended the scene.

There were no other passengers or other cars involved in the crash.

This is the fourth death on ACT roads for 2011.

Police are seeking witnesses or anyone who may have seen the vehicle about that time. They can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers website on www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.