Tanker rocks and rolls close to brink of gorge
High drama last week as a tanker laden with animal blood is rescued on the verge of plunging into the Manawatu Gorge. Despite the crash and the damage done to the truck, the driver escaped with only minor injuries but had to hang on in the cab as it dangled above the Manawatu River for half an hour before he could be pulled to safety. Another truck helped anchor the vehicle, preventing it from pitching further. Police say the driver was lucky the life-threatening situation was resolved in the way it was, indicating that the truck, which was en route for Hawke’s Bay, had possibly struck a rock on the road before veering through the crash barrier. The gorge road, recently reopened following slips caused by the downpour of June 20, was closed for most of Friday following the incident last Thursday evening, to allow the 6000 litres of cargo to be pumped out. A crane was then able to lift the truck off the edge.