Tanker rocks and rolls close to brink of gorge

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO: WAR­WICK SMITH/ FAIR­FAX NZ

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