A WOMAN, 51, is dead after her car hit a power pole in Mayfield tonight.
Police said a Mitsubishi Lancer was travelling north on Industrial Drive when it was clipped from behind by a Holden Commodore about 9.30pm.
The Lancer left the road and struck a power pole.
The driver was declared dead at the scene.
The male driver of the Commodore was taken to John Hunter Hospital for mandatory blood and urine tests.
Newcastle City Crash Investigation Unit are examining the scene last night.
Police are speaking to a number of witnesses who are assisting with the investigation.
A report will be prepared for the Coroner.
Any witnesses who have not yet spoken to police should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.