Logging truck and car collide

Emergency services at the scene of the crash. Supplied photos.

UPDATED 12.35PM: One lane of Takitimu Drive is blocked after a collision between a car and a logging truck.

Police and the fire service are in attendance at the crash, which occured near the exit lane that takes traffic to Elizabeth Street.

The driver's side of the car has sustained damage, although a witness who contacted SunLive says the car driver was not injured.

"I was the car directly in front, and saw the impact in my rearview mirror," she says.

"It was so scary. I thought it was going to hit my car too because the truck took a long time to stop. Amazing the car driver was not injured - it could have been so much worse."

EARLIER:

Reports are coming in of a crash on Takitimu Drive.

A caller to the 0800 SUNLIVE news hotline says a car and truck have collided on Takitimu Drive, near Bethlehem.

The caller says one lane is blocked.

Emergency services have been called.

At the scene?

Call 0800 SUNLIVE or email photos to newsroom@thesun.co.nz 



5 Comments

Then maybe...

Posted on 21-04-2018 18:27 | By GreertonBoy

Car drivers should consider not sitting in trucks blind spots... and if the car driver doesn't know where the trucks blind spots are, again I say, car drivers could ask a friendly truck driver or someone they know with a truck... to allow them to sit in it to see what the truck driver can/cant see. Car drivers get frustrated by motorcycles being in their blind spots and sometimes the bike being in one mirror, then suddenly the other side mirror. Car drivers need to look at the trucks mirrors. If the car driver cant see the truck mirror, then the truck driver can't see the car. I have yet to see a truck darting around a car unpredictably, but I often see cars swirling around trucks like blowflies around a 3 week old chop... Be predictable, give trucks space. It might save your life.

Inconsiderate

Posted on 20-04-2018 06:45 | By kinakat

I wasn't there,so don't know what happened either. But smaller vehicle drivers do need to give trucks space,especially when going through roundabouts,merging lanes etc. Just common sense really. Big versus little.

Maybe if you didn't see the crash you shouldn't...

Posted on 19-04-2018 21:11 | By sapphiregirl

....ASSUME that it was the car drivers fault. I was a witness to this accident and the truck driver was well and truly at fault and he admitted so at the scene. He did not see the car because it was in his blind spot. The truck changed lanes and the car had no chance of getting out of the way. There are plenty of bad car drivers out there yes but the car driver in this instance did nothing wrong. He was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Bad drivers

Posted on 19-04-2018 18:42 | By Kenworthlogger

Totally agree with you on this one Greertonboy. You should see what I have on my truck dash cam. I could run my own show. Too many bloody idiots mate and most of them are dying to overtake me... I figure its just a matter of time before someone goes under the trailer...

Maybe... Car drivers Should....

Posted on 19-04-2018 17:41 | By GreertonBoy

Go for a ride in a truck and see what it is like to drive something 50 tonnes plus? Take a look at how difficult it is to see small cars zipping around here and there.... and see how hard it is to stop if a car nips in front of a truck and slams on the brakes? I am not saying that is what happened, I wasn't there, but having driven trucks and drilling rigs, I know exactly how hard it is for truck drivers.... Car drivers who dislike motorcycles zipping around them, should realise that cars to trucks are the same as motorcycles to cars..... If any car drivers know a truckie, ask to sit in the truck, or go for a ride in it... you will be amazed at the foolish stunts and ignorance they show around trucks. Respect is required, Glad car driver is ok

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