Truck tips on cor­ner

Kaikoura Star - - NEWS -

A truck and trailer which tipped over on the coastal road on Satur­day morn­ing south of Kaik­oura crossed the cen­tre line and hit the crash bar­rier, caus­ing traf­fic de­lays for much of Satur­day.

The truck tipped on to the driver’s side as it trav­elled south just be­fore the twin Rara­mai tun­nels on the nar­row wind­ing coast road.

Po­lice were con­tin­u­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the crash, which in­volved check­ing log books to see if driv­ing reg­u­la­tions were fol­lowed.

Sergeant Matt Boyce of the Kaik­oura po­lice said at this stage it was be­lieved the truck was trav­el­ling too fast for the cor­ner.

Don Wright of St John’s Am­bu­lance said the male driver of the truck man­aged to get out of the crashed truck be­fore med­i­cal staff ar­rived.

He said the driver was treated for a mi­nor el­bow in­jury at the scene by St John’s staff and the duty doc­tor, and was taken to the Kaik­oura med­i­cal cen­tre for fur­ther ex­am­i­na­tion.

Downer road main­te­nance staff were still clear­ing the ac­ci­dent scene at 9pm, where the road was still re­stricted to one lane. The truck was un­loaded at the scene and was towed away about 10pm.

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