Truck falls on to house

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - JARED NI­COLL

‘‘It’s a truck and a chip­per and they’re both quite heavy, so there’s prob­a­bly about 13 or 14 tonne just sit­ting there on the drive­way.’’

AWelling­ton City Coun­cil truck slid and tipped on to part of a house in the north­ern sub­urb of Tawa.

The crash hap­pened about 9am on Thurs­day as coun­cil staff ar­rived with a big truck pulling a wood­chip­per, to trim back a tree on a steep sub­ur­ban street.

Two cranes ar­rived to be­gin setting up to lift the 14-tonne combo off the garage on Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

Welling­ton City Coun­cil spokesman Paul An­drews said it was for­tu­nate no-one was in­jured in the accident.

‘‘It’s a truck and a chip­per and they’re both quite heavy, so there’s prob­a­bly about 13 or 14 tonne just sit­ting there on the drive­way.’’

In the course of setting up the work­site, the truck had slid a few me­tres down a small but steep grassy hill at the front of a home.

‘‘It’s slid down the bank. For­tu­nately, it’s rest­ing on the side of the garage just down the drive.

‘‘So we’ve got two cranes in and they’ll be lift­ing both the truck and the chip­per out at the same time.’’

The coun­cil will be in­ves­ti­gat­ing how it hap­pened.

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