Truck crash closes SH2 at Matawai

The truck on its side at Matawai, which police expect will keep the road blocked for most of today. Picture supplied

THE driver of a loaded Weatherell Transport truck and trailer unit escaped injury early this morning when his vehicle crashed across State Highway 2 about five kilometres south of Matawai.

The crash blocked the highway and it was reopened just after 3.30pm.

“The vehicle overturned, fell right across the road and over a roadside drain,” police said.

The crash happened at about 4.30am as the truck was on its way to Gisborne.

Matawai chief fire officer Neville Tohill said when they arrived the traffic had already built up for up to 400 metres back towards Matawai.

“The driver, aged 45, was out of the truck and sitting in a police vehicle when we arrived.

“He had seat belt bruising and was in a bit of shock, but otherwise he seemed pretty good,” CFO Tohill said.

The driver was later checked over by a St John ambulance crew and driven to Gisborne Hospital for a precautionary check-up.

A hospital spokeswoman said he was treated and discharged.

CFO Tohill said the truck had been carrying a wide range of goods.

“We had to turn traffic around soon after we got there, certainly the heavy traffic. Some light traffic was able to get around the crash scene on a farm road through a nearby paddock for a while.”

Firefighters left the scene at about 7.30am.

“The rain in the area meant that bypass eventually had to be closed,” said Tairawhiti Roads general manager Dave Hadfield.

“Motorists were advised to delay travel in the area or use alternative routes like State Highway 35 or SH 2 south.”

Cr Taylor Ltd from Gisborne sent a crane to the area and another one was called in from the Bay of Plenty.

THE driver of a loaded Weatherell Transport truck and trailer unit escaped injury early this morning when his vehicle crashed across State Highway 2 about five kilometres south of Matawai.

The crash blocked the highway and it was reopened just after 3.30pm.

“The vehicle overturned, fell right across the road and over a roadside drain,” police said.

The crash happened at about 4.30am as the truck was on its way to Gisborne.

Matawai chief fire officer Neville Tohill said when they arrived the traffic had already built up for up to 400 metres back towards Matawai.

“The driver, aged 45, was out of the truck and sitting in a police vehicle when we arrived.

“He had seat belt bruising and was in a bit of shock, but otherwise he seemed pretty good,” CFO Tohill said.

The driver was later checked over by a St John ambulance crew and driven to Gisborne Hospital for a precautionary check-up.

A hospital spokeswoman said he was treated and discharged.

CFO Tohill said the truck had been carrying a wide range of goods.

“We had to turn traffic around soon after we got there, certainly the heavy traffic. Some light traffic was able to get around the crash scene on a farm road through a nearby paddock for a while.”

Firefighters left the scene at about 7.30am.

“The rain in the area meant that bypass eventually had to be closed,” said Tairawhiti Roads general manager Dave Hadfield.

“Motorists were advised to delay travel in the area or use alternative routes like State Highway 35 or SH 2 south.”

Cr Taylor Ltd from Gisborne sent a crane to the area and another one was called in from the Bay of Plenty.

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