Log spill at Crawford Road-Hirini Street

Accident scene cleared overnight.

Accident scene cleared overnight.

ANOTHER LOG SPILL: A log truck tipped over and spilled its load in a mishap near the Crawford Road-Hirini Street intersection last night. Police were called to the crash just after 10pm. Picture supplied

“ONLY the truck and its load was involved. The trailer was empty and remained on its wheels,” police said.

“The truck driver was not injured in the incident but there were logs spilled all over the verge.”

Arrangements were made to right the truck and recover the spilled logs. The accident scene was cleared overnight.

“ONLY the truck and its load was involved. The trailer was empty and remained on its wheels,” police said.

“The truck driver was not injured in the incident but there were logs spilled all over the verge.”

Arrangements were made to right the truck and recover the spilled logs. The accident scene was cleared overnight.

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Paul Sullivan - 4 months ago
The only surprising thing about this accident is that it hasn't happened sooner. Simple physics would suggest that the camber of the road at this junction is completely unsuitable for heavy vehicles travelling at anything above a crawl, and given the ill-advised speed at which some of the trucks negotiate the junction, it was only a matter of time before one of them failed to do so and carried on into the unguarded pavement. As someone who uses this footpath daily, often with children, this has been worryingly obvious to me from the day the log yard extension was opened. The consequences if anyone had been on the path at the time are unthinkable, and this will undoubtedly happen again unless the road layout is reviewed and/or protective barriers are placed around the footpath.

C-hubb - 4 months ago
Actually, the load was kept together by the chains and did not spill all over the verge. Negative press like this is irresponsible and purely made to dramatise the incident.

Dickie - 4 months ago
In regards to your comment Paul, most log truck drivers negotiate the junction in question perfectly as the entrance to the upper log yard is directly past the junction. In the case of this truck rolling it was not a matter of speed whatsoever. As the driver entered the corner (at a safe speed), the left-hand front spring collapsed causing the left side of the truck to roll. As it began to roll he backed and the truck basically fell over, hence little damage to the junction and the truck.

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