Ve­hi­cles pelted with rocks from ex­press­way over­bridge

Kapiti Observer - - FRONT PAGE - STAFF RE­PORTER

Mo­torists were pelted with rocks and a wooden pal­let from an over­bridge in an early-morn­ing at­tack on the Ka¯piti ex­press­way.

Ka¯piti Coast po­lice were calling for com­mu­nity help af­ter the at­tack on mul­ti­ple ve­hi­cles on the new, $630 mil­lion road.

Po­lice said at about 2.30am on Thurs­day last week, an ‘‘un­known per­son or per­sons’’ threw ob­jects in­clud­ing rocks and a wooden pal­let from the Nga¯rara Rd over bridge at ve­hi­cles trav­el­ling be­low along the ex­press­way.

They said a num­ber of ve­hi­cles were dam­aged, in­clud­ing five trucks and a car, in an at­tack which ‘‘could have eas­ily caused se­ri­ous in­jury or death to any of the mo­torists’’.

Ve­hi­cles on both north and south­bound lanes were tar­geted, po­lice said.

A po­lice spokes­woman said of­fi­cers searched the area af­ter the emergency calls – in­clud­ing one where a driver re­ported some­one had ‘‘hit their truck from above’’ – but could not lo­cate those in­volved.

Tree branches were also thrown from the over­bridge, she said.

The Nga¯rara Rd over­bridge runs from Waikanae town­ship and con­nects to the nearby Nga Manu Na­ture Re­serve.

The ex­press­way in­cludes mul­ti­ple over­bridges along its length.


A truck was hit by ob­jects hurled from an over­bridge on the Ka¯piti ex­press­way.

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