Road blocked by log­ging truck crash

The Northland Age - - Front Page -

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.

PIC­TURE / DEB­BIE BEADLE

A log­ging truck crashed on SH15, just north of the Twin Bridges yes­ter­day morn­ing.

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