Tipped truck threat­ens tracks

Sunday News - - NEWS -

A crashed truck block­ing part of State High­way 1 was last night threat­en­ing to tip into the path of an on­com­ing train.

No one was in­jured af­ter the truck tipped off the road near Waipapa Bay, about 20km north of Kaiko¯ura, at 2.30pm but traf­fic was at a stand­still while a crane came from Christchurch to pre­vent the truck from fall­ing further on to the tracks.

The ac­ci­dent hap­pened on the fi­nal one-way sec­tion of SH1 head­ing north af­ter Kaiko¯ura, mean­ing all traf­fic was stopped in both di­rec­tions.

Mo­torist Oliver Lewis said traf­fic head­ing south was backed up about one or two kilo­me­tres be­yond the Clarence River bridge.

Some driv­ers had been told to ex­pect de­lays of up to two hours and one man was warn­ing cars trav­el­ling from Blen­heim to turn back, he said.

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