Boat stuck un­der bridge

Kapiti Observer - - OUT & ABOUT - STAFF RE­PORTER

It is not the first time the bridge, thought to be 4.92 me­tres high, has caught out mo­torists.

A truck car­ry­ing a boat on its trailer be­came lodged un­der a rail­way bridge on State High­way 1 in Waikanae on Mon­day evening.

The truck and boat were wedged in a po­si­tion that im­peded both north and south­bound lanes shortly af­ter 8pm.

It is not the first time the bridge, thought to be 4.92 me­tres high, has caught out mo­torists.

In 2012 a truck driver car­ry­ing a large B-train slammed into the rail bridge caus­ing a three truck pile-up.

In that crash the road and rail links to Welling­ton were sev­ered for four hours.

The driv­ers of this year’s and the 2012 crash mirac­u­lously walked away from their se­verely dam­aged trucks un­harmed.

At that time, the New Zealand Trans­port Agency said any truck car­ry­ing a load over 4.25m needed spe­cial ap­proval from the agency.

The in­ci­dent caused tem­po­rary headaches for mo­torists trav­el­ling on the state high­way be­cause of traf­fic con­ges­tion while the boat was re­moved.

There is a by­pass for high trucks and cars that can’t fit un­der the bridge.

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