Lights out in truck rollover

Crash takes out streetlight.

Crash takes out streetlight.

Picture by Liam Clayton

The aftermath of a fully-laden log truck that tipped over while rounding the corner of Crawford Road and Rakaiatane Road at around 10.15am today.

The driver was not hurt and there were no other vehicles involved. The crash took out a streetlight. Electrinet workers were at the scene and The Herald was told that it was not yet known how much it would cost to replace the light.

Senior Constable roading Viard Sheridan said it looked like the driver had taken the tight bend “a little bit fast and tipped over”. The truck was a 50MAX, which can carry up to 50 tonnes of logs.

The accident scene was overseen by Eastland Port and the police.

The aftermath of a fully-laden log truck that tipped over while rounding the corner of Crawford Road and Rakaiatane Road at around 10.15am today.

The driver was not hurt and there were no other vehicles involved. The crash took out a streetlight. Electrinet workers were at the scene and The Herald was told that it was not yet known how much it would cost to replace the light.

Senior Constable roading Viard Sheridan said it looked like the driver had taken the tight bend “a little bit fast and tipped over”. The truck was a 50MAX, which can carry up to 50 tonnes of logs.

The accident scene was overseen by Eastland Port and the police.

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G R Webb - 11 days ago
Mr Abbott and those others suggesting that the state of the district's roads is the cause of trucking accidents might like to reconsider that view now. Is not this road relatively new? May speed be the major factor? Oh, and we have also had a truck roll on State Highway 35 near Doneraille Park. Truckies slow down is the message.

Bill Simpson - 11 days ago
Better fatigue management systems need to be put in place. The question needs to be asked - why are operators driving too fast for the conditions? Perhaps unrealistic timeline and expectations are being placed on them. There is no margin for error with this amount of weight behind you.

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