Road blocked by logging truck crash
A major road was blocked south of Kaikohe yesterday after a logging truck crash.
The accident occurred about 9.45am on Mangakahia Rd/State Highway 15, just south of Twin Bridges.
The road was blocked in both directions and the driver was assessed by St John Ambulance personnel. He is believed to have suffered only minor injuries.
Senior Sergeant Brian Swann of Northland police said the truck appeared to have hit a drain and rolled onto its side. The trailer was still upright but both lanes were blocked. Motorists were urged to avoid the area and use SH1 or SH12 until the road was cleared, which did not happen until after 2pm.
The trucking company sent a crane from Whanga¯rei to move the truck and trailer.
The last logging truck crash at Twin Bridges, a short distance north of today’s accident, was on August 5 this year.
In that case volunteers from the Kaikohe Fire Brigade had to prise the cab door open with a crowbar to get the driver out. Light traffic was able to drive around the crash scene on a farm track.
A logging truck crashed on SH15, just north of the Twin Bridges yesterday morning.