Driver dies as truck rolls

Mush­room­ing py­lons to en­sure power link

South Waikato News - - NEWS/OPINION -

Con­struc­tion of the North Is­land grid up­grade is plain to see in the South Waikato.

Work is un­der way on py­lons for the project at Ara­puni, the site of fierce op­po­si­tion to the planned py­lons from South Waikato District Coun­cil and res­i­dents of the town­ship.

The py­lons un­der con­struc­tion, pic­tured, are among about 99 to be built across the South Waikato.

The py­lons form part of a grid up­grade run­ning from Whaka­maru to South Auck­land aimed at in­creas­ing the sta­bil­ity of power sup­ply to Auck­land.

Work be­gan on py­lons in the South Waikato last year but un­til now has largely taken place in forestry blocks.

CRASH: Ro­torua po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cir­cum­stances lead­ing up to a fa­tal road crash on Mon­day. The ac­ci­dent oc­curred at about 8am on State High­way 30 be­tween Up­per Ati­a­muri and Ro­torua. It ap­peared the driver be­came trapped in the cab and died as a re­sult of in­juries sus­tained af­ter his truck rolled. Traf­fic in both di­rec­tions was di­verted to side roads for sev­eral hours.

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