Highway to re-open following truck crash

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UPDATED 1.26PM: One lane of State Highway 2, between Opotiki and Gisborne, has reopened following the truck crash early this morning.

The recovery team has been working hard to clear the road after the truck overturned, blocking both lanes.

The road is expected to fully reopen within the next hour, says police.

"Police would like to thank motorists in the area for their patience."

EARLIER:

An overturned truck has forced police to close State Highway 2, between Opotiki and Gisborne.

Police say the truck has overturned at Matawai and the road is completely blocked.

“The driver appears uninjured.

“The road is closed and is expected to remain so for most of the day while heavy lifting equipment is used to clear the scene.”

Motorists are being advised to delay travel in the area or use alternative routes.

“Police would like to thank drivers for their patience in advance.”



1 Comment

Must investigate accident response options

Posted on 09-02-2018 08:56 | By Murray.Guy

The road is closed and is expected to remain so for most of the day while heavy lifting equipment is used to clear the scene. An increasing common scenario which is costing our economy $millions, small and large businesses can't afford to subsidize the misfortune of others. IT IS PAST TIME we had a network of 'expert and appropriately equipped' recovery teams along with accompanying policy in regards prioritizing 'keeping our highways open', emphasis 'peak periods'.

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