Eight-car crash puts 15 in hospital
Pipeline not fully operational until next year
AN eight-vehicles smash left a motorcyclist severely injured and about 14 others taken to hospital yesterday.
It is believed the accident happened after a truck hit the back of another vehicle, which shunted other vehicles – including a minivan – across the road into REPAIR work on Auckland’s ruptured fuel pipeline is complete, but pressure won’t be at top capacity until early next year, officials say.
The single pipeline which serves virtually all fuel to the city, including aviation fuel to Auckland International Airport, has been out action for 10 days after springing a leak due to oncoming traffic on State Highway 1, at Waireki, north of Taupo about midday.
The injured were taken to hospitals in Tokoroa, Taupo¯ and Hamilton while the 24-year-old motorcyclist from Palmerston North , was flown to Rotorua Hospital with serious injuries. historic damage by a digger.
It was expected the first jet fuel would be pumped to the holding tanks in Wiri by midday today, Refining NZ chief executive Sjeord Post said.
But the pipeline would only gradually be brought up to full speed.
‘‘We are in a start up process where we are being careful with that in the sense that as you open the pipe you get air in the pipeline and you need to be really careful that air doesn’t start to play havoc with the pipeline pressure, so we’re going carefully,’’ Post said.
The pipeline will operate at 80 per cent until further tests were carried out over the next few months. ‘‘It’s a bit early to tell – but I think very early next year.’’
Police closed SH1 after yesterday’s crash.