Truck stops, blocking SH29 lane

Police arriving at the scene. Photo: Ryan Wood.

A truck was forced to stop on State Highway 29, near Tauriko, following fears pipes could have fallen off the back of his trailer

A caller to the 0800 SUNLIVE news hotline says a member of the public is directing traffic.

"It’s blocking the right-hand entering the roundabout.

"One of the chains had snapped and looked like the load could come off. I believe the truck stopped before this could happen."

A police media spokesperson says the incident happened just before 11am.

“A truck has broken down at the roundabout on SH29 near Lakes Boulevard and Tauriko.

“Traffic will be delayed and motorist should exercise patience and care in the area.”

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Glad the driver is not injured....

Posted on 21-03-2018 01:01 | By GreertonBoy

it is scary when a load slides forward like that.... smaller pipes might have gone thru the cab....I agree old trucker.... straps around all of the pipes making a bundle, then chains and/or straps holding the bundle in place.... Like I said, the best news is he is not injured... Whew! indeed.... could have been s much worse

@ The Sage

Posted on 20-03-2018 22:04 | By The Caveman

90% of ALL the new roundabouts are designed for CARS. The designers seem to forget that TRUCKS even though traveling at HALF the speed as cars, have a MUCH HIGHER centre of gravity, and FLAT roundabouts are a DEATH TRAP for cars/vans on the outside of trucks.


Posted on 20-03-2018 21:06 | By Kenworthlogger

Cant see how any pipes will fall off the back of this trailer... in the picture I can see the truck has a set of bolsters and 3 chains holding it all on fine. The pipes need to move a hell of a distance before they will fall off the back of this trailer.. Im guessing bad reporting...

golly gosh

Posted on 20-03-2018 15:47 | By old trucker

The pipes could not come off as it has Staunchons, when i come past, it looked like the driver has Braked hard and all the pipes moved forward into the rear of the cabin, my thoughts on this only is ,Straps would have been better, im not SURE if they were steel or plastic,the traffic was backed right back past the over bridge, Traffic should have been stopped from Tauriko end to let all those Trucks through from toll road,had i been driving i would have snitched all layers with straps, anyway i may be wrong but after yrs on road and carting all sorts of loads i would have done this, anyway its my thoughts only on this, Sunlive has WON again i here, thats AWESOME.Thankyou, 10-4 out.phew.

There is a difference...

Posted on 20-03-2018 13:39 | By GreertonBoy

between a truck losing its load and breaking down? So.... which is it? If that is a picture of the truck in question.... it still has its load on securely?


Posted on 20-03-2018 12:05 | By The Sage

This is about the third or fourth truck that had come unstuck on this roundabout, then there have been the two logging trucks that lost their loads at the roundabout leaving Bethlehem. So it’s not the fault of the roundabouts, either going too fast or loads not secured properly. Time the book was thrown at those responsible.

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